I’m excited to share some apps that are new, or just discovered. I will highlight which features are transformational in the way we (students, teachers, and everyone else) can aid in personal music or art education, whether at school, home, or on the go.
The fine app (Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.) has the fastest ‘on the go’ notation entry I’ve ever used – I’ve tried many. Regardless, finger or Apple Pencil, a few minutes of using, and an exquisite piano sample sound plays your music. I’m still testing the free version with limitations – try this out! Full version, with further in-app purchases is about $12 US.
Vanido (Himanshu Singh) takes you through progressive, traditional, vocal exercises (chest voice, foundation, head voice, agility) with piano support. Where this app flies is its visual of your voice as a sound wave-like line that signifies your accuracy to the target pitch. For hesitant singers, this gives a much needed visual goal to strive for. It has a basic, colourful display, game-like qualities, and must be used with earphones with built-in microphone. See if this app supports your independent learning to become a better singer.
Art Break: Draw, Relax and Get Things Done (Tarasov Mobile) gives you a unique set of tools (brushes) that motivate an exploration of your love (or lack of) for drawing on a tablet (available at Google Play) with or without a stylus. Students love the brushes that augment your line as you draw – ribbon, shaded, fur, web. If you remember the popular Spirograph set years ago and the excitement that it caused, the next set of brushes bring a new level of amazement for users of all ages. Mirror ribbon, symmetry ribbon, and symmetry fur are worth a look. There are in-app purchases to upgrade to Premium version and remove Art Break watermark from your drawings and the addition of more brushes for Premium users in next updates.
This photo is from a student’s first use of the app over 10 minutes.