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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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NoteWorks app Giveaway and News: Now Available for iPhone as well as iPad

About a year ago, I wrote a review for the NoteWorks app for iPad (read it here).  The developers of NoteWorks have notified me that they have recently released an iPhone version of NoteWorks.  This is great news for any of your students/parents who own iPhones but do not own an iPad! The iPhone version […]

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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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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: Keys To Imagination’s “Misterioso Manor” Motivational Game

Sebastian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript is a motivational game created by Michelle Sisler from KeysToImagination.com.  This game is designed to help motivate students to practice throughout an entire school year. Here is a summary of the storyline for the game: Aunt Bernice has invited her nephew Sebastian and niece Elise to visit.  When […]

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App Review: Piano Dust Buster

Piano Dust Buster by JoyTunes — FREE, but in-app purchases are required to attain additional song sets. There are two games within this app: “Germ Attack” and “Staff Master.”  Each game has two playing modes: using your own real piano or using the on-screen keyboard.  If you use your piano, the app will “hear” the […]

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Review & Giveaway: PractizPal

A few weeks ago, I received a PractizPal device to review.  There are five wonderful colors to choose from, and I selected “Gershwin Green.” The PractizPal is a clever little gadget designed to help students track their practice time.  It also has a built-in metronome and tuner.  In my mind, there are two reasons why […]

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Review & Giveaway: Princess Piano app

Princess Piano is an iPhone/iPad app by the developer Dented Pixel.  I recently stumbled upon this app in the iTunes store, and decided to give it a whirl! When you first open the app, it allows you to login under your own name.  The app’s settings allow you to change players, and to choose the […]

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