Droid app developers, you have a lot of catching up to do in the field of music education!
My old cell phone was on its last leg, and it was time to upgrade. I was enamored with my friend's iPhone, but we didn't want to change to a different service provider. So, last week, I decided to take the smart phone plunge with Motorola Droid. Interestingly, my new experiences with the world of smart phones coincided with an email from a reader asking if I knew of any good music ed apps for the iPod Touch. I've never had an iAnything, so I began researching. I discovered that the iPhone and iPod Touch have a gajillion great apps for music education. Alas, while Droid has many ways to listen to music, the selection for music education doesn't even come close. Now, even though I love most things about my new phone, I'm feeling a little left out!
So, Droid app developers, take note - literally! We want note flashcards, key signature flashcards, ear-training apps, interval flashcards, rhythm trainers, a music dictionary (preferably one that pronounces the terms), music theory games, practice logs, composer information, etc.
Wish List of iPhone Apps That I'd Like For Droid
This is by no means an exhaustive list - there are many, many more, perhaps some very good ones that I've missed! Keep in mind that I have no experience with these, so this is not an endorsement. These looked intriguing to me, at least, and I'd probably investigate them if I had an iGadget. If your students have iGadgets, they might find them helpful and fun.
Musicopoulos: Music Theory and Practice by SpartanApps
Nota by All Forces
Rhythm in Reach by Westover
Scales and Modes by Smappsoft
Practica by Mvsicha
Musictionary Music Dictionary by Andreas Lindahl
Tritone by Nate Murray (ear-training - free)
Blue Note Music Flashcards
SightRead by Takanori Sato
Mozart by RoGame Software
Composer of the Day by Wittenberg University (free)
Sight-reading and Key Signature trainers by Bidbox
eScore by Virtuosi LLC
UPDATE: Mariel highlights some of the free apps that she likes here. And, here are more great ideas on using your mobile phone as a practice aid, even without apps.
Droid Resources I Like
Musical for Android by Christopher Souvey - The metronome saved me from buying a new one to keep at church for organ practice, but this is the only feature that I'm actually using. I have the free version.
YouTube App - I frequently find myself wanting to search YouTube during a student's lesson to find a performance of a piece, show how a harpsichord looks and sounds, etc. But, since I usually have a student sitting at my laptop doing theory games, the laptop's not always available. Now, I can just grab my phone!
Calendar: I use the Music Teacher's Helper studio management service which conveniently allows me to sync my teaching calendar with my google calendar. Because the calendar on the Droid syncs with google calendar, my entire teaching schedule is now on my phone. Awesome!
Droid Apps For Working Musicians - blog post by Shagtastic Voyage that highlights some useful record-keeping apps for gigging musicians.
Shazam - Identify music from any source - non-classical music, that is. (Sigh.)