Did Santa deliver an iPad? If so, you’ll want to get yourself The iPad Piano Studio book (details below) and your iPad all the top apps! The next couple of paragraphs are packed with info which may overwhelm. Take a deep breath and remember: take it one app at a time.
The Piano Mag–blog site of Clavier Companion–asked me to make a list of apps for the holiday season. Sounds easy, right? WRONG! Choosing 10 out of the dozens of favorites was almost impossible.
At the risk of dating myself and revealing my eclectic taste in movies, I’m feeling a little like Steve Martin’s character in “The Jerk.” In case you haven’t seen the movie, Martin plays a “dim-witted” poor man who finds riches and loses it all again. Upon discovering he’s lost everything, he declares, “All I need is this ashtray, this ashtray and this paddle game, this ash tray, this paddle game and this remote control, this ashtray, this…” you get the point. Just in case you want a throwback moment, I’ve included the scene below.
Why am I feeling this way? Because when asked to make a list of top apps for this year, I realized that all the apps included in last year’s list remain in the must-have column. So consider the new list below an addendum. All I need are last years apps and…
1) Camera (free with purchase of any smart phone or tablet)
It’s easy to forget one of the apps that I use the most—the camera. It is a terrific tool for
-Revelation: a digital mirror for reflecting hand position and technical issues
-Performance Prep: the focus required to perform for the camera simulates the pressure of recital and competition performances
-Magical moments: an easily accessed camera captures those priceless moments of fun during lessons.
Found on most smart phones and tablets
2) Pages (free with any new Apple device)
Recently, I enjoyed the opportunity to share the joys of teaching with the iPad on the East Coast. This was the very first trip that I did NOT bring a laptop and only brought my iPad Air in the LogicTech Keyboard case. I never missed my laptop thanks to the keyboard but also credit goes to the powerful Pages app. It creates documents that can be easily exported as PDF’s or Word docs and more. With the magic of iCloud the docs can be accessed on my laptop as well.
3) Keynote (free with any new Apple device) Continue reading