Meet My Assistant - Mr IPad
I include Sight Reading, Note Recognition Practice, Rhythm Practice, Theory Games and Scales into almost every group lesson. Once upon a time, this would have been an impossibility, but now it's pretty easy, thanks to my assistant - Mr. iPad!
We use several apps in the lessons but the ones we use every week are MTA (Music Teacher Assistant) Sight Read Plus, Rhythm Swing, Flash Note Derby and Piano Notes Fun
MTA Sight Read Plus
The app logs the progress of up to 50 different users per iPad. So each lesson, students check their "Piano Workout" cards to see what they should be working on that lesson, select the correct level of Sight Read Plus, and work through that level with headphones.
Students tap the rhythm on the tablet screen. Mistakes are highlighted in red with explanations of what went wrong. There are also "Game" levels - students have 3 lives and have to avoid mistakes when tapping the correct rhythm in order to win.
Piano Notes Fun & Flash Note Derby
Another great thing about these apps is the number of exercises the student has to do to complete a level. When we used to sight read from books, students would become distracted after the 3rd or 4th exercise. Now they do 20 or more exercises without a problem because they all love Mr. iPad!
These apps are necessities, particularly in my multi-level groups where each student is working at their own pace. I can focus on the students' pieces while Mr. iPad takes care of their sight reading and note identification :)
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Julia & Diana
Two sisters on two different continents, working together, creating resources that keep our students motivated and loving piano!