Pinellas 2016

iPad for the
Elementary Music Classroom

Overview of Weekly Activities

   - Overview of TI:ME
   - Rhythm - Put rhythm flash cards on iPad
   - Melodic Activities - Put melodies on  iPad
   - Curriculum - Put lesson plans on iPad
   - GarageBand iOS New Features
      - Drummer and Project
      - Live Loops and Project
      - Effects and Project
   - Performance Activities -
   - Composition Activities -

   - Complete Composition Activities
   - App Exploration
   - Sharing Session 1

   - iPad Notation
   - Roland Recorder
   - iMotion
   - Slide Shows

   - Form Activities - GarageBand/NoteFlight
   - Harmonic Activities - Put rounds on iPad - GarageBand/NoteFlight

   - App Exploration
   -Sharing Session 2



Download the rhythms in various formats:

Sol, La, Mi Songs

Download the songs in various formats:

See "Good Morning Boys and Girls" on NoteFlight:

Recorder and Other Songs

Download the songs in various formats:


Class Activities:

Composition Activities:

Link to the YouTube Video on How to Write Songs with GarageBand

Performance Activities:

Playing iPad Instruments (in-class demo)

GarageBand Songs
(The Book
(Songs - Individually)

Link to the YouTube Video on John Williams Is the Man


Link to the YouTube Music on John Williams Is the Man


How to Connect a MIDI Keyboard or Other MIDI Device to GarageBand

1. Select a MIDI device with
    (a) low power requirements, or purchase a powered USB hub., and
    (b) that uses the universal MIDI drivers (does not require custom drivers - which cannot be installed on an iPad).

2. Purchase the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

3.  Plug the MIDI device into the USB Hub and the USB hub into the Apple Camera Connection Kit (or if the MIDI device is low powered, skip the USB hub and plug directly into the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

4. Plug the Camera Connection Kit into the iPad charging port.

5. Run GarageBand and select an instrument that can be controlled by MIDI (any of them except digital audio tracks).

Note:  If there is no sound from GarageBand when playing the instrument, then
(a) check your volume level - GarageBand often resets the volume for the latest device connected,
(b) wait - sometimes it takes a while for everything to connect internallly,
(c) unplug and replug the Camera Connection Kit and wait again,  

If no success, double check all steps above.  MIDI devices can control iPad instruments in GarageBand and in many other sound apps - but try GarageBand first.

One last thought:  some Camera Connection Kits have USB Audio out, and so the iPad audio is sometimes directed to that output instead.  Be sure to listen for the sound where it is being directed.

A good place to buy cables:


Music TIPP Jingle

Click here - quarter = 120
Click here - quarter = 132
Click here - quarter = 144

How to connect a projector.

Forty Great Teaching Ideas
Using GarageBand
(presented at TMEA - open file, scroll down)

iPad App Demo - List from 2016

These are the top picks by Pinellas County Elementary Teachers - June 28, 2016.

Tonal Tuner - $3.99 - Floyd Richmond
A simple tuner with low, normal and high sensitivity with onscreen graphics that can be seen across the room.  Excellent for any age instrumental ensemble.

Free - Tammy F
Listen to music and determine its meter. 

Music with Grandma - Free - Robin
Various and random musical tasks/puzzles.

Soft Kitty - Free - YouTube - Kendall
App - Acapella?
Pentatonix Evolution of Music
- Free - YouTube

Rhythm Cat - Blair

Opus?? - Phyllis
change notes

Freddie the Frog - $1.99 - Phyllis
lots of games, musical actives

Pickup Tunes -  Free - Carol
Ear Training

Fingertip Maestro - Free - Marie
Swipe and play

Auxy -  Free - Steven
Program for composing/recording DJ style, and drum pattern editor.

Katie - educational technologies  and mobile learning
Excellent annotated lists of iPad Music Apps

Mad Pad - 2.99 - Holly
Setup your own musical instruments for making music.

Percussives - $1.99 - Erin???
Has Orff Instruments for performance on iPad

iPad App Demo - List from 2015

These are the top picks by Pinellas County Elementary Teachers - June 16, 2015.

Drum Machine - Free
Use for K - steady beat on class entry,
Grade 5 have students compose beats

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
Similar to Doceri and/or SmartBoard - Free

Carnival of the Animals

Four Seasons - Vivaldi

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Blob Chorus Ear Training

Auto Rap

Recorder Master by JoyTunes
Does pitch/dynamic recognition for recorder notes - Free
They also make Piano Master (link is for Piano Master, Record Master link not found).

Do Re Mi Zoo
Works well with boomwhackers - Free

DoReMi 1-2-3 Lite

MSO Learn
maps orchestra, conductor - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Free

My Note Game
name notes on the staff, many levels - Free

Anyone Can Make Music
Basic Music Notation Program - Free

Mozart Dice Game

creates music videos with minimum input - $1.99

create music from videos and their sound. - create loops, record - $2.99
Like Plickers
A website for collecting student feedback - orchestra example demonstrated
Teachers use to create tests.

Magic  Piano by Schmule
Control rhythm/tempo of pieces such as Fur Elise

Type and the computer will speak

Classical Music Lite
Info about the composer, quiz
Is this the correct link?

piano app, shows fingering and teaches melodies

Easily create photo-animations

Staff Wars
Game for music fundamentals - $.99

BrainPop, Jr.
Introduction to music fundamentals in a sequential video format

Kids Jigsaw - Musical Puzzles
Assemble pictures of musical instruments from jigsaw pieces on screen.  Reinforcing collaborative activity.

Note Works
free app is C to G

Rhythm Cat

Treble Cats

Jazz Cats

Shown: Keynote presentation with links to recorder ensembles on YouTube
Nice ensemble
One person plays 5 voices (nice reverb and rich recorder sound)

How Music Affects Learning (Web Page)

Benefits of Music Education (Web Page)

Educational Music Technology (Web Page)




Freeze Frame Animation

Sample Project

iMovie Review

Slide Show
5 minute slide show instructions
45 minute overview of iMovie for iOS

***Apple Tutorials for iOS iMovie***

***Apple Tutorials for Mac iMovie***



NoteFlight Tutorials
Scorch (viewer only)




ProLevel Audio
(ProTools 11 Demo - 30 Days)

*Anyone who creates an account at receives a 30-day demo of Studio One Professional 3, and a demo version of Notion. For the Notion demo, it is fully function but saving or exporting audio is disabled.


iPad GarageBand (in-class demo)

StoryTime Sounds
Three Bears

NoteFlight Embedded Files


Exploration for Show And Tell

Thursday Afternoon
Show and Tell

Show and Tell - 2016

Launch Pad - Free - like Apples new Live Loops in GarageBand, but should run on iPad 2 (unlike Live Loops)
SmartMusic - Free - accompaniment and performance assessment - can be used free for a limited repertoire
Extended repertoire requires yearly subscription.

Fuzzy Little Caterpillar

Socratives - assessment - like Plickers
Socratives Student
Socratives Teacher

oxy- teach form
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Free - Learn about the Orchestra

Yousician - Free - Learn an instrument (piano, guitar, bass, ukulele)
Fourchord - Free - Learn Guitar Chords
Tonedeaf Test - Free - take a pre-test at the start of the year
(uses pitches in better range than similar Blob Chorus)

Funny Pachelbel Canon
Classical Music Mashup - 33 composers
Plank Music publishing - Watch numerous videos

Carol C
The Human Body - $3.99 - shows great breathing illustrations.

Dr. Suess Band - $0.99 - Like guitar hero for Dr. Suess-like instruments.
At Play Music Recorder (Free version & $3.99 version) - Recorder teacher - game - teaches everything -

The Nutcracker Musical Storybook- Ichiban Entertainment - $2.99
Mortimer - YouTube Story with sound effects!

Steven - 
Class Dojo - Free - Reward management and communication
Stop Dancing - musical chairs - $0.99
Help, I am an Elementary Music Teacher With One or More iPads - Free - by Amy Burns
Staff Wars - note recognition
iPad - $0.99.

Vocal Warmup for singers or choir - $3.99 - outstanding warmups, with piano accompaniments.
FourChords - Free - - use for keyboards, boomwhacker a - pop music.
iDoceo - $11.99 - Teacher helper - scheduling, planner, seating chart, images

Tammy -
Treble Cat   - $4.99 - identify notes - like note Wars
Rhythmtaps - Tap Rhythms

Holly - Aurasma -
Follow me at Aurasma on “Mullenix Music"
Holly Mullenix, Music Specialist, Curlew Creek Elementary

Show and Tell - 2015

Kendall K
Fifty-nifty states with flags - Developed by Kendall
Patriotic Presentation - Developed by Kendall
Contact Kendall for more info.

Steven R
Little Kids Rock:
This is an “up-and-coming" movement that is having a tremendous impact on music education across the nation.  I fully expect there to be an increasing influence from this group in years to come.  

Quaver Music -
Quaver has a lot to offer. On their web site, they have free games that students can play.  It’s worth the time to explore!

Tammy Folstad
Plickers Web Site:
Download Plickers for iPad:
Plickers - lets you do quizzes and get immediate feedback from each member of the class.  That and (demonstrated by Nadine) provide two great polling options for students.  Both permit formative assessment where the teacher may change the direction and focus of the class based on student performance and understanding, and summative assessment with a high degree of accountability for each student.  Plickers only requires one iPad for scanning student responses, but you do have to print and/or laminate numerous response cards.

Nadine J has many uses in the classroom, and your example of a quizz on Sing, Sing, Sing was excellent!  That, and Plickers (demonstrated by Tammy) provide two excellent polling options for students.  Kahoot it requires an iPad for each student, but you do not have to laminate and distribute laminated response cards.

Robin H
Jazzy Day:  $4.99 iPad App -
A great animated storybook with listening examples explaining the elements of jazz.

A web site about classical music.
Check out their many cartoon versions of famous operas.

Eli R
Circle game greeting with Sibelius connection.  Contact Eli for more info.

Loopy - iPad App - $3.99 - Records loops and lets you build a composition with many different layers.
Download on the iTunes Store:
See Jimmy Kimmel and Billy Joel using Loopy to perform, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:

Similar to Everyday Looper - iPad App -
Download on the iTunes Store - $5.99
Download on the iTunes Store:
Mario Demo with Everyday Looper -

Shannon G
Creative iMovie trailer (Corn Maze) was a lot of fun and shows some wonderful creativity.  Contact Shannon for more information.

Randy A
SmartBoard options - contact Randy for more info.

Quizlet - Great web site for creating quizzes, flashcards, and games for free.

Carol C
Snakes and Ladders -
4/4 Shuffle -
Carnival of the Animals -

Sing, Talk, Whisper, Yell -
What Do You See/What Do You Hear -
Fly Swatter Template -
Rhythm Koosh Ball -

18 New Musical Activities -

And more - contact Carol for more information

Joe S
Backup and restore your iPad:
A YouTube Video:

Backup and restore your computer using Time Machine
Apple Tutorial:
Restore your entire system using Time Machine:

Backup and restore your computer using CarbonCopy Cloner or alternatives to Time Machine:
The advantage of backing up with Carbon Copy Cloner is that your backup is immediately bootable on a new computer (usually), whereas time machine usually requires an afternoon for a restore.
Read this:
Download CarbonCopy Cloner:

Caroline S
iMovie Trailers
Creating an iMovie Trailer:

Mary J
Tips for using MusicFirst:
    Create one class per grade for easier use of the system
    Attach lessons to specific parts of the Focus on Sound.
See links at under MusicFirst.
Codes for demo (use within 2 weeks): 

Mary Lou C
Sushi Monster - Math Software with Music - free iPad App.
Rhythm Trainer - free iPad App.

Debbie F
Recording Class Raps with GarageBand - Contact Debbie for more info.
Online lesson planning made easy:

Kay M
Smart Notebook - How to attach sounds
Contact Kay for more information.

Amy F
Smart Notebook - How to attach sounds
NoteFunction - Developed by Amy
Reading Rhythm and Solfege - Developed by Amy
Contact Amy for more information.

Crystal B
Smart Notebook
First and Second Grade Notebooks - Developed by Crystal.
Contact Crystal for more information.

Jim S
Rhythm Cats - Perform and assess rhythms

Facebook Pages to Join

iPads in music education

Other iPad Apps to Consider
TinyScan (Take a photo and save and share a PDF - There is a free version and a $4.99 pro version.)

Other Music Technology:


Choral Curriculum:
Code Instructions:
Demo runs full features for four days after activation.



SightReadingFactory Demo:
Codes for demo:
pcsbteacher, pcsbteacher
pcsbstudent1, pcsbstudent1 (through 20)
Demo runs full access for two weeks beginning June 15.

SmartBoard Notebook

Smart Notebook Express
Online Notebook player
Open and play existing Notebook files without installing Notebook on your computer.

Download Notebook templates for SmartBoard from their database of shared files.

Jeopardy - download the game

Connect Four - download the game

Classroom Feud - download the game

Dr. Jean's Songs - download the lyrics and songs (including 50 state song with map)

Sharing a Folder on Microsoft One Drive:



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