Recent Songs with Added Resource

When using a song I’ve written within a session, I often like to add visuals or actions to the song to reinforce what we are working on.  One of the ways I add an interactive element is by using the iPad app Choice Board Creator. Within the app you can create custom activities that incorporate, pictures, words, and sounds.  I like to use this with animal songs as well as with two of my recent songs: Here’s how it works! When you select “Create Activity”  you will enter the desired name of the activity and will brought to a screen that looks like this: You can add as many boxes as you need, as well as adding multiple pages.   When adding content, you can add pictures, words, letters, etc. By tapping the music notes in the bottom left corner of each box you can add sounds or music.  These can be sounds you create or that you have downloaded. Here is what a finished page looks like for one of my songs.  I ask the client the questions then Read More

Apps I Love – For Teaching

For my birthday my family and fiance had my professional career in mind and bought me both an iPhone and an iPad.    I am loving them both and using them in my practice every day!! The iPad has been a great tool for helping reinforce many of the topics I am working on with my clients as well as using music based apps as a reward.   One of my favorite apps I’m using with my clients right now is My Note Games   My Note Games is perfect for helping review notes, working on ear training, and practicing specific scales and notes.   You can have multiple users so if you are using the app with several students they can each track their progress separately.  You can also use the app with a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, voice, recorder, as well as a few brass and woodwind instruments.   Games include playing written patterns on your instrument, playing what you hear, practicing songs, and writing what you hear.  The app awards you a gold, silver, or Read More