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Music educators - this page is for YOU! Here are some of the things you'll find:

  • My favorite apps for teachers
  • How to do your LSAs digitally using your iPad
  • How to use your iPad to access your SMART or Promethean Board
  • Tutorials to learn how to use some of my favorite Web 2.0 tools
  • Tutorials to learn how to use Finale more effectively in your classroom

Michigan Music Conference 2017 Handouts: bit.ly/MMC17

NYSSMA 2016 Handouts: click here

To find my freebie on Music Centers: bit.ly/MusicCenters

My favorite Web 2.0 Tools for music educators: click here!


My favorite apps for TEACHERS!

If you want to see my favorite apps for STUDENTS, then please check out the iPads and Apps page.

Dropbox is an online file storage system. It allows you to share access to folders online with your students. You will never need to e-mail yourself a file or worry about losing your thumbdrive again.

Numbers is Apple’s version of Microsoft Excel. It comes with templates for a variety of spreadsheets, including gradebooks. I use it regularly to track my students’ progress in class.

Pages is Apple’s version of Microsoft Word. It also comes with a variety of templates for word processing. I use it for my seating charts and to access rubics frequently used in my teaching.

GoodReader is a PDF reader for iPad. It allows you to annotate over PDF documents and save your work. I use GoodReader with my seating charts and assessment tools to track students’ progress. You will want a stylus to use with this app.

Doceri is a software program that enables your iPad to function as an Interactive White Board. The app is free, but the software is not. You will need wireless Internet in your building for the program to work.

Amazing Slow Downer is an app that allows you to upload accompaniments or recordings and change the tempo and key of the song. Works well when you have an accompaniment track that is slightly out of the range or tempo for your students.

VoiceThread is an online, interactive, multimedia slide show program. Teachers post content and students can interact with that content. VoiceThreads are free for educators, but student accounts are an added expense.

MusicReader is a digital music stand that allows you to view sheet music on your iPad.

ForScore is also a digital music stand that allows you to view sheet music on your iPad.

Materials for your iPad

Here is the link for the case I use for my iPad. It's called a Grabbit iPad Case.
Here is the link for the VGA adapter to connect your iPad 1, 2, or 3 to your projector or interactive white board.
Here is the link for the VGA adapter to connect your iPad mini to your projector or interactive white board.
Here is the link for the stylus I use to write on my iPad.

Digital LSAs for your iPad

You'll need a few things before you begin doing LSAs on your iPad. You'll need:
  1. An iPad
  2. GoodReader App
  3. Stylus
  4. Access to the Digital LSA Folder on Dropbox. E-mail me for permissions. Please note - you need to OWN all of the LSA books in your personal library. If you do not, please purchase them from GIA Publications. I will not give permission to persons I do not know.

Here are the directions to digitize your LSAs!
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Using your iPad with your Interactive White Board


There are a few programs out there that will let you do more than simply "mirror" your iPad to your Interactive White Board. I want to be able to have access to the board and control it from any point in the room. Apple TV will give you some capability, but you have a have projector that is HDMI ready. The two programs that seem to work best are SplashTop and Doceri. I use Doceri in my classroom.

Doceri allows you to see and manipulate content on your IWB from your iPad. In order to run Doceri, you'll need to download the app onto your iPad (free) and download the program onto your computer (not free). Once you have the program on your devices, you'll need to make sure both devices are on the same WiFi system. This may take a little assistance from your IT department, depending on your district's Firewall. Once the devices are on the same system, open Doceri on your computer. The newest version has a Connection Dashboard that will allow you to use a QR code to scan on your iPad. Scan the QR code and you should be good to go!

Tutorials for Web 2.0 Tools


Click here to download my tutorial for Podcasting.

Click here to download my tutorial for Wikis.

Click here to download my tutorial for VoiceThread.

Click here to download my tutorial for Finale.