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6 Notable Mac Apps for Music Teachers

December 28, 2015
A couple of months ago we featured a collection of some good iPad apps for music teachers. Today, upon the request of some of our readers here in EdTech and mLearning, we went ahead and curated for you this list of music apps specifically for Mac users. These are programs you can use in your Mac to do a wide variety of musical tasks including: create beats in different music styles; convert audio and video files to multiple audio formats; learn to play piano, guitar and  percussive drums; record, crop, effect and trim audio... and many more. For more options, check out the music section in Mac App Store.

1- GarageBand

‘Rebuilt from the ground up with a fresh new look and amazing new features, GarageBand is the easiest way to create a great-sounding song on your Mac. Add realistic, impeccably produced and performed drum grooves to your song with Drummer. Easily shape the sound of any instrument in the Sound Library with Smart Controls. Crank up the bottom end with Bass Amp Designer, or mix and match electric guitar amps, cabinets, and pedals with Amp Designer and Pedalboard. Control GarageBand and play any software instrument wirelessly on your iPad using the Logic Remote app. Use iCloud to keep your GarageBand projects updated across multiple Mac computers, or even import GarageBand for iOS songs directly from iCloud.’

2- SongBook

‘SongBook manages your song collections complete with lyrics and chords. It comes with comprehensive, extensible chord libraries for guitar, ukulele, banjo and many other instruments. Based on the popular chordpro format.Click on a chord to see its definitions.Comfortable Editing of chordpro songs with syntax highlighting and live preview, conversion of tab files. Define playlists (sets), use auto-scrolling or auto-zoom for gigs or concerts.’

3- Electronic Piano

This is a good app for learning to play Piano. ‘You'll see a simple piano keyboard at the bottom of the screen. Press on keys to produce the sound. Adjust pitch and volume for perfect sounding. Use sound fx panel to add a lot of different effects. Use sliders to control their pitch. Also, there are special screen visualizations for music. Electronic Piano app it's fantastic combo of synthesizer and piano game.’

4- Audio Edit Studio Lite

‘Record, crop, effect and trim audio, paste in or join files, or just rapidly split one long file into many. Import your music files, create your own music, record live performances, create your own mixes with crossfades, apply digital effects and save in all major file formats with Audio Edit Studio ! Audio Edit Studio Lite is a professional audio software.’

5- Real Drums

Real Drums turns your Mac into professional drums and enable you to play as if it’s real.You can play 12 sound sets of drums, bongo, and special kitchen drums.’Sounds are taken from original instruments and they are real and nice! You can easily set instruments and sounds kits (12 drumkits) from application menu.’

6- My Music Converter Free

‘My Music Converter Free is a free version of My Music Converter. It is an easy-to-use converter to help you convert from most popular formats both video and audio, like AVI, MOV, MP4, FLV, WMA, WMV, etc., to audio format like M4A, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, WMA and so on.’