JUST in time for your holiday lessons and group activities! Here’s a list of must-have apps.
Apps have become seamlessly integrated into every lesson plan. So much so, that I hardly set them apart from other teaching tools. It’s been a while since I shared my go-to apps for group or private lessons. Here are a few (only a few!) that are rising to the top of the list as of November 2017. Next week, this list could change. 🙂
Music is all about patterns and as youngsters explore the world of music, they must be ready to detect patterns. Before I introduce Loopimal to students, I ask them to look for patterns on their clothing. Once it’s established that they can recognize patterns, I share Loopimal with them. We sit in a circle on the floor and I let each student create their own pattern on the app. Everyone is mesmerized by the dancing animals and catchy loops. Reserve more time than you think when using this app and be ready for students to ask to play with this again and again!
Make your own flashcards
Usually, I use Quizlet during Off Bench time during private/partner lessons but, it could work well in a group setting as well.
When designing a studio theme around the Baroque period, my students read various resources to learn more about 17th century music, art and culture. Every student generated three flash cards based on facts they gathered from the resources in Quizlet using my iPad. Next, students reviewed the content of everyone’s cards in Quizlet’s Cards and Match study modes. The app offers the option for the cards to be read aloud so even those who struggle with reading could participate in this activity.
The app offers various study modes:
- Cards features a standard flash card design with the term on one side and the definition on the other.
- Learn requires players to read a definition and type in the correct term.
- Match displays six term cards and six definition cards. Players must tap to find matching cards while being timed.
- Test offers three testing options: written, multiple choice or true and false. Scores and a list of missed questions are provided.
The ability to customize cards is convenient when preparing students for theory examines. With the option to create Quizlet classes, you can share study material with your students and they can access the cards on their own devices and you can still track their progress.
If you’re in a hurry and need pre-made cards, the app allows you to search for and download sets based on your topic that have already been generated by other students and teachers.
Here are the cards I created to help students prepare for their National Federation of Music Clubs theory tests: Level 1-7 cards