Category Archives: reviews

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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Review: The Music of Jon George

Having lived in my town for just over 2 years now, my studio is comprised mostly of beginner and elementary level students.  A few months ago, I felt that a handful of my beginners were ready for some early elementary level supplemental books — things that would get them moving around the keyboard more and […]

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Sheet Music Review: Madge’s Notebook by Rebekah Maxner

This summer, Canadian composer Rebekah Maxner has released a new book, “Madge’s Notebook: A Piano Tribute to The Hunger Games.”  When Rebekah emailed me to ask if I’d be willing to review her book, I told her I wasn’t sure if she would want me to review it since I have not yet read the […]

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Review: Halloween Sheet Music from Wendy Stevens

Wendy Stevens from ComposeCreate.com has some published great new Halloween pieces through Willis Music that you may want to consider for your students this Fall, especially if you are holding a Halloween recital this year. I don’t know about your students, but my students love pieces where they can tap, knock, snap, etc. during pieces. […]

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Aug 2013 Giveaway: SightReadMinor app for iPad

Remember my review for the SightReadPlus app for iPad?  Well, here is an update: I’ve been using it here-and-there with students during lessons with great success.  I love being about to choose the key and make the student have to really think about the various key signatures.  As I mentioned in the previous review, I […]

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