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12 Excellent iPad Apps for Music Education

September 29, 2014
One of the key content areas where technology is making such a tremendous contribution is in the teaching of music. There are now a wide variety of web tools and mobile apps that teachers can use in their class to instruct their students on the various musical concepts from composition to distribution. Most of these tools are free and easy to use. I have featured several resources for teaching music in the past, however, today I am sharing with you this collection of interesting iPad apps to use in music classrooms. Have a look and share with us what think of it.


1- Garage Band
GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument.
2- Tab Toolkit

If you play guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards, TabToolkit is the best way to learn and jam along with your favorite songs! TabToolkit gives you 3 ways to get great music.
3- Chordmaster

Chordmaster puts a comprehensive and accurate library of over 7800 guitar chords into the palm of your hand. The Chordmaster displays the notes and fingerings on a virtual fretboard, and allows you to view each chord selected in every position up and down the guitar neck. You can even strum the virtual strings to play and hear each chord in pristine audio.
4- Guitar Studio

Learn and play your favorite songs with Guitar, the amazing acoustic guitar app for your iPhone or iPod touch. More than just a virtual fretboard, Guitar is an instrument optimized for performance. You can perform songs with any combination of chords and melodies on Guitar's highly playable and easy-to-use interface.
  5- ImproVox

ImproVox is the original vocal instrument for iPhone. Real-time pitch correction and harmonization enable you to create lush harmonies as you sing - and always sound in tune! Add vibrant textures with effects like reverb and echo, then record your performance and share it with friends.
6- Harmonica

Harmonica features a genuinely-sampled 10-hole diatonic harmonica. Both single notes and chords are playable, as are "blow" notes and "draw" notes. Harmonica includes all 12 keys - it's like having 12 harmonicas in your pocket! Harmonica couldn't be simpler to use. Simply touch your lips to the Harmonica, and play away! You don't even need to blow! If you'd prefer not to put your iPhone in your mouth, Harmonica works with your fingers too.


Guitar Lab is a series of intermediate and advanced guitar courses presented by Brad Carlton. Brad, who has been teaching and leading his own bands for more than 20 years, prides himself on his versatility.  Brad brilliantly performs an extensive lesson on Eddie Van Halen licks an exploration of London blues along with interpretations of Vernon Reid, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike Stern and even some 18th Century parlor guitar.


This free app brings you the best videos on how to learn to play the guitar. See the best YouTube videos on guitar lessons for beginners.


Take your grand piano with you anywhere. Glide across all 88 keys. Customize your key labels. Tune and transpose your piano with ease. Record and share music with friends. View real-time score notations and control various settings with Real Piano Remote, a separate app that can be downloaded for free.


From the moment you launch the app, you’ll see how forScore puts your music front and center. Don’t let the interface’s simplicity fool you, though—forScore has an arsenal of tools ready to help you turn practice into performance. Create links to handle repeats with a single tap, play along to an audio track, and use half-page turns to see the bottom half of the current page and the top half of the next one at the same time, removing jarring transitions once and for all.


Ear Trainer is an educational tool designed for musicians, music students and anyone interested in improving ones musical ear. It is filled with over 230 individual exercises covering intervals, chords, scales, relative pitch and melody. It has a playable keyboard with studio sound quality and a note view for superior visualization.