iPads in K-2 General music

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    This year, my school got rid of my 3 desktop computers and gave me 7 iPads. I have used Morton Subotnick’s software programs “Making Music” and “Making More Music” and my students loved them. I’m looking for useful apps in general music with young K-2 students. I’m looking more for comparing and describing musical sounds or experimenting with composition, not theory/note reading. Even the awesome symphony websites I have used with my students, like http://www.philtulga.com, nyphilkids.org, dsokids.com, etc…. are flash-based, and do not work on iPads. I’m trying to find a way to make this expensive investment work, but so far, I’m striking out.

    Also, has anyone figured out a way to manage iPad sharing with MANY students. I have 300 students and 7 iPads. I don’t know how to “reset” some apps/games so that the next student doesn’t have to start where the last student left off.


    Wow, this is a tricky question! I polled the Council for General Music membership and none of us have run into this issue before. A mutual colleague did offer some ideas here:

    From David T.:
    My favorite program is GarageBand for the iPad. For digital instruments and loops as well as composition. I’d have any saved work pushed to a cloud or shared drive, and you’d probably just have to teach the kids to reset the apps, but they learn fast! With only seven, they would obviously be for small group work and can be used as part of student compositions with multiple elements…percussion, movement, speech, etc… Or taking turns on TuneOut, Marimba or iTablas as virtual instruments. Other uses of the iPad could be outside strictly music and for a broader scope – Using visual programs like Delerium to respond to music or to inspire or guide movement or musical improvisation. Sock Puppets for creating digital puppet show performances. Singing Fingers for vocal exploration and playback manipulation. Poetry magnets for building speech pieces or poems for insertion into creative music and or music forms. Lots of options… Most if which haven’t been invented yet. 🙂

    I have successfully used GarageBand for composition with loops myself and it is easy enough for the littles. I will post more if I get any more leads! Hope this helps a bit or maybe leads you down a new path of experimentation!
    ~Sarah B., Council for General Music Chair

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