I just noticed that it has been a year since my last list of iPad apps for teaching music. Several new interesting music apps have seen the light since then and therefore I decided to create another more comprehensive list of some of the best iPad apps for teaching music to give music teachers more options to choose from.
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.
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.
3- Symphony Pro
Symphony Pro lets you compose complex orchestrations, lead sheets, chord charts, and guitar tabs on the iPad and instantly hear them played back. This is the easiest and most comprehensive way to compose sheet music on your iPad.
Singing Fingers lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again!
5- Sound Drop
Draw lines and watch as Soundrop uses them to create music! Listen with headphones for the full effect.
- – Tap and Drag to draw a line.
- – Drag the handles to edit or double tap to delete.
- – Drag dropper to reposition drop point.
- – Audio pans left/right with bounce location onscreen.
SoundPrism enables you to create beautiful music immediately without any previous knowledge. With its unique visualization of pitches and intuitive controls composing sophisticated melodies, tone and chord patterns becomes child’s play.
7- Avid Scorch
Scorch generates interactive notation. Easily learn songs or adapt them to your instrument—then give a great performance using Music Stand mode. Whether you want to showcase your own music or purchase scores from world-class publishers, Scorch is the easy way to practice and perform your favorite sheet music on the go.
The Novation Launchpad is an easy-to-use app for iPad that will have you making beats and music instantly. It comes with eight ready-to-perform sessions that span different musical genres, with regular new content delivered via In-App Purchase. Browse categories, packs, and favourites from your library to create your own sessions on the multi-colour Launchpad grid, and make and remix your music.
inHarmony is a new kind of a musical instrument simplifying composing and playing music by just displaying notes limited to the selected diatonic scale, which are always in harmony with the presented chords.
10- Groove Maker
GrooveMaker gives you a completely new way of making music by automatically remixing the hundreds of loops included on the 8 available tracks, in virtually limitless ways for millions of different grooves at your fingertips.
11- Finger Stomp
Finger Stomp has included an exciting Practice mode. Users will be able to select up to 50 different tracks with varying levels of difficulty. In addition, tracks are divided into sections and Users can adjust the tempo to learn authentic street music and Urban old-school beats at their own pace and leisure.
With a simple and clean interface, easily connect the output of one Audiobus-compatible app into the input of another. Use Audiobus to play a synthesizer live into a looper or multi-track recorder, or use one app to manipulate the live output of another.
This app allows you to make songs that sound like drips and drops falling on a tiny orchestra of instruments. Pressing the multi-colored raindrops triggers notes that loop every six seconds. Combine different colored drops and notes to compose your own rainy-day melodic backdrops. A metronome is also included to help you keep time.
14- Chord Detector
Chord Detector is an app that will analyse audio sources and automatically detect the musical chords within it. With Chord Detector you can learn to play any track in your devices music library or Dropbox folder providing its not DRM encoded.
This app is a real first for percussion. It’s an exciting and powerful tool, opening up the world of rhythm in a completely hands-on and inspiring way. Whether you are a novice just looking for a bit of rhythmic fun, a songwriter or producer looking for a fresh rhythmic idea, a percussion student writing arrangements for a project, a music teacher looking for rhythm ideas to teach, or a drum circle facilitator seeking to expand their repertoire, this app has something for you.
16- Monkey Drum
Create real music just by drawing and watch as the creatures play your creation. Get creative and re-mix your songs with different instruments, or accessorize your characters with a hat and sunglasses. Use Heart Coins to unlock new instruments and other fun items.
DM1 is an advanced vintage Drum Machine. It turns your iPad into a fun and creative beat making machine.
Easy and fast to use, loaded with 86 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic graphics, DM1 has been designed for a lot of instant fun.
18- Finale Songbook
Finale SongBook™ transforms your iPad into an interactive music folder, so you can view, play, and print music scores created by the entire family of Finale products. Finale is the world standard in music notation creation, and Finale SongBook™ brings this standard to the iPad.
19- Pattern Music
Pattern Music allows you to: Create songs intuitively using layered instrument patterns, Play an interactive polyphonic musical instrument with over 50 different voices, and Jam along with your iPod Music Library without leaving the app.
20- Real Piano Pro
A full 88-key piano app that brings you realistic grand piano sound, smoothly moving and zooming, customizable key labels, and professional tuning & transposition functionalities.
21- Note Perfect
Note Perfect is the pocket workout for music students! Test and improve your note reading against the clock in our addictive and enjoyable game.
22- Ear Trainer
Ear Trainer is an educational tool designed for musicians, music students and anyone interested in improving ones musical ear. It is filled with over 160 individual exercises covering intervals, chords, scales and relative pitch.
Percussive contains a total of five instruments. Glockenspiel, Kalimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone and Marimba. The instruments look and sound fantastic with their gorgeous 3D designed artwork.
24- Notes for Little Composers
Starting music lessons is so exciting but for many children, that excitement ends when more and more notes need to be memorized which is not easy to do.
25- Mad Pad
Remix your life with MadPad! Turn everyday sights and sounds like your car, an empty soda can, or your friends into the ultimate percussive instrument. Who would have thought everyday life could be so musical?
26- Everyday Looper
Everyday Looper allows you to record 4 musical phrases – 6 on an iPad – and loop them right away. You can then mix and merge them on the fly.
27- Guitar Lab
TrueFire’s Guitar Lab app streams video guitar lessons with text, standard notation and guitar tab to your iPhone, iPad or Ipod Touch.
ImproVox is a new vocal instrument. 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, echo, and flanger, record your performance and share it with friends.
29- 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: buy instantly in the Tab Store, upload from your PC, or search online.
With this program you can compose music anywhere. On any device. It also available (for FREE!) for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Maemo, PalmOS, Android, and other system.