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One of the most common questions I have from teachers with iPads is: The reasons for wanting an iPad notation app are varied: Below are my thoughts on the three best iPad notation options and their different strengths and purposes.
Noteflight is a web browser-based app: Noteflight is the best all-round option for K students, and especially for middle school students. It is used by teachers and students in K, higher ed and by private music instructors.
The company has a strong focus on education and support for teachers and students and there are lots of support materials and lesson plans available for download.
The interface is intuitive and easy to use. Notes can be added to your score by selecting a rhythmic value and tapping on the stave to place the note on the correct pitch. You can also use an on-screen keyboard to enter notes.
Because Noteflight is browser-based, student scores can be accessed from any device iPad, Android device, laptop, desktop computer as long as they have an internet connection.
This makes is the ideal choice for schools that have a BYOD bring your own device policy. This also means that you and all of your students will always be using the same version.
Signing up for a school account is an economical choice for schools with 1: Your students are grouped into classes and you can view and assess their work from your teacher login.
There is no need for students to email scores to you or export them to Google Drive or Dropbox, so in this way, Noteflight overcomes many of the workflow difficulties usually associated with using iPads.
For more information about school accounts, visit Music First. The shortcut icon will sit alongside all your regular iPad app icons and it makes it easy to access. To do that, open Safari and visit Noteflight. If playback sound is important to you, this will be your app of choice: Musical elements can be selected from a series of palettes and added into your score with a few taps.
You can use an on-screen keyboard or guitar fretboard, or plug in a MIDI keyboard. This video takes you through the basics of entering notes into your score: Transferring scores between music notation apps is done by importing and exporting scores in the MusicXML format — the standard open format for exchanging notation files between different musical applications.
Notion comes with a limited selection of sounds and you can access a wider range of extra sounds via in-app purchases. The promotional video from Neuratron makers of the app shows how it works: I tested it with my 7 year-old some time ago link to previous post and you can see the results in this Using NotateMe with Students video: US teacher Christopher Russell has been using NotateMe with his middle school students in their music theory classes.
He has a series of videos on Youtube which serve a dual purpose — to teach them how to use the app and to reinforce their music theory knowledge. Once you have created your NotateMe score, it easily transfers to the Notion app on iPad or desktop, or to Sibelius or Finale where you can expand your ideas, add more details and perfect the formatting.
Neuratron recently added a scanning feature to NotateMe which allows you to take a picture of a printed score using your iPad camera, import it directly into NotateMe and then playback and edit the score.
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