iPad Apps for Special Needs Music Students
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M-EDGE SuperStylus. Not an app, but a superb stylus for small hands, or hands with low muscle tone, to hold. Chunky, with good weight towards the tip and a soft grip. This can make touching the iPad screen much easier for students. Available in blue and pink. $23.98 at Amazon, also available at Staples stores for $19.99, but I don't see it on their web store yet.
DRUM-O-RAMA HD. Sadly unknown gem of an app. In Drum-O-Rama you can create your own tabletop of percussion instruments, using different samples. Totally customizable with color, shape, size for each sound. All layouts can be saved, so you can create different set-ups for each student. Total no-brainer for including Special Needs children in class ensembles. #ipadmusicapps ~ $1.99
MUSICAL AUTOHARP. Very well made autoharp app. Autoharps are great for including Special Needs students in Guitar Class, though the weight and size of the actual instrument can be difficult. This app is easy to play and sounds wonderful. Much easier to tune than a real autoharp as well! #ipadmusicapps ~ $0.99
GARAGEBAND. Simply one of the best apps available for music making. Many included instruments allows for great variety of experience, and easy introduction to sequencing. Smart Instruments feature means music can be played with little formal instruction (great for music-challenged teaching assistants) and included sampler is amazing for kids recording themselves. #ipadmusicapps ~$4.99
ECHO STRING. Probably the best of the many harp/autoharp apps available. You can create up to seven partitions of diatonic chords, including sevenths. You can record performances in the app and play them back, even at double speed - so cool for kids to see. Free version allows three chords at once, full version includes MIDI export. #ipadmusicapps ~ $3.99