|My ipad has become indispensable!|
I'll start with one I am intrigued by but am not using yet. Wolfie is an ipad app that allows you to read and annotate digital scores, listens to you play, turns your pages, and keeps score of your statistics. The statistics feature would be a great incentive for my students to work at mastering notes and rhythms at home so that I have more opportunity in the lesson to work on artistic elements. And, let's face it - digital score reading is here to stay. I'm already uploading my choral accompaniments into ForScore (another app - another post!). Another feature I'm really intrigued by is the "magic cursor" which follows your playing and will adjust if you skip back or jump ahead. There's a video on YouTube demonstrating how the magic cursor works. I have a student who repeatedly backtracks at random moments while playing. This seems to be a nervous habit. I think the cursor could be an encouragement that would keep him always moving forward. This feature might also enhance a student's sight reading by encouraging that continuous forward motion. Wolfie is free for teachers, and students pay a subscription fee that allows them to access copyrighted scores within the app. The makers of Wolfie are presenting a webinar this Wednesday at 12 noon ET. I'd really like to tune in, but will be teaching. The Wolfie folks tell me that it will be available to view after the event, so keep that in mind. To register for the webinar, visit this site!
I've been using Moosic this year, and I like its features for student record-keeping. Unlike other programs which require a monthly subscription fee, Moosic is a one-time purchase. It's pretty expensive at about $70, and I confess that I got it a few years ago at a reduced price. After looking it over back then, I decided it didn't meet my needs at the time. This year, I decided to give it a second look, and was happy to discover that it was still waiting in the cloud, and that there had been some good updates that made it more useful for me! I don't use it for everything. I prefer an invoicing method that allows parents to pay online. Moosic sends only a PDF invoice. Where Moosic is shining in my studio is the assignment function. It allows me to generate and print off or email an assignment sheet at each lesson, and then save it to that student's assignment history. My little bluetooth keyboard allows me to quickly type out assignments. I am now able to review what I did with that student before the lesson each week. Even after using it for only 3 weeks, I am wondering how I did without this feature! I have a record within Moosic of what material/books each student has and which scales/exercises around the circle of 5ths they have covered. I can even create videos within the app and save it to that student's record. Moosic plays well with Dropbox and ios contacts. Even at full price, this app is cheaper than a year of a subscription service, and you have the app indefinitely.
My next app post will include some apps for student use, so stay tuned!