Category Archives: reviews

Review & Giveaway: Elena Cobb’s “My Piano Trip To London”

A couple of years ago, I reviewed some lovely sheet music by British teacher/composer Elena Cobb (read the review here). She is the author of the Higgledy Piggledy Jazz books, the “Blue River” book of solos, and more. Elena has recently released a new book: a piano method called “My Piano Trip to London.” “My Piano […]

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App Review & Giveaway: Bobclass for Studio Management

Note: As you can tell, this week I’ve been playing catch-up with a few apps I’ve been wanting to share!  Hope you don’t mind all of the reviews/giveaways this week.  :) Bobclass ($19.99) — iPad only. I’m so excited to share my review of this studio management app with you today!  Let me begin by sharing Bobclass’ description: […]

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App Review & Giveaway: Music Flash Class

Music Flash Class ($3.99) — for iPhone/iPad. Music Flash Class is an app developed by a piano teacher Henry Flurry.  It has been around for a couple of years now, but an update for iOS 8 was recently released.  The new layout looks good! Music Flash Class is an interactive note identification app.  The settings […]

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App Review — MusicNotes Deck: Music Flash Cards

MusicNotes Deck: Music Flash Cards (FREE) — for iPad or iPhone. This free app comes from the folks behind MusicNotes.com, which by the way, is an excellent website for purchasing arrangements of pop music at various levels for students. The MusicNotes Deck app provides three decks of flash cards: (1) 50 music symbols/terms, (2) two octaves […]

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App Review: SproutBeat for iPad

A fantastic new iPad app was recently released.  I am so pumped about this one! I am a huge fan of Eik Siang Mar’s website, FunAndLearnMusic.com.  She has a huge variety of free music worksheets that are both visually attractive and educationally effective.  I have some of my favorite worksheets downloaded on my iPad.  I like […]

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Review: ZAGGkeys Folio for iPad Mini

The MTNA 2014 conference begins this weekend and I am very much looking forward to it!  (Will I see you there?) I plan to take notes from the sessions on my iPad Mini.  With this in mind, I decided to invest in a keyboard case for it.  Here is the one I picked: the ZAGGkeys Folio.

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iPad App Review & Giveaway: MMF Piano Primer

Making Music Fun’s Piano Primer — $1.99 for iPad only. Many of you are perhaps familiar with the Making Music Fun website, which contains a variety of free worksheets and sheet music.  MMF created Andrew Fling has recently released his first iPad app, which is essentially a digital version of his Piano Primer PDF. From within the app, […]

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iPad App Review: Piano Carnival

Check out this awesome, recently-released iPad app: Piano Carnival Interactive E-Book – FREE for iPad only. This app was created by Sonya (a friend of mine) and her sister Elizabeth Schumann.  Piano Carnival is an interactive eBook that contains delightful illustrations, reads the poetry aloud to the view, and plays videos of the Schumann sisters […]

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Review: Oontz Angle Bluetooth Speaker

For Christmas, my husband gave me this handy little speaker: the Oontz Angle Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. In the past, I always plugged a pair of old computer speakers into my iPhone, iPad Mini, or computer when I wanted to play music during lessons, group classes, or while cleaning the house.  :)  They worked okay, but I […]

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Book Review: Twelve Magical Musical Masters

“Twelve Magical Musical Masters” is a book containing the stories of twelve well-known classical composers.  Each page features an illustration and a short bio that encourages the reader to press a button to hear the accompanying music. I received a copy of this book for review and am happy to add it to my bookshelf […]

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App Review: NotateMe

NotateMe (this public beta release is currently half off: $13.99) — for iPad/iPhone (also available for Android). NotateMe is a music notation app that allows users to enter music by finger or using a stylus.  As the notes are drawn, the app interprets your handwriting and creates printed notation.  This technology is impressive! Here is a […]

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Review: Rhythm Lab app

Rhythm Lab app — $2.99  *for iPad only* Rhythm Lab is an app created by Jon Ensminger (a piano teacher in Michigan) that is designed to help students improve their sense of rhythm.  The app provides a series of graded rhythm examples for students to tap using the large, on-screen buttons.  The app even evaluates […]

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