How To Use Your iPad in Music Class

We often offer up a variety of different apps that we think will be useful to teachers in the classroom. From math apps to apps that help students read at various levels and game apps that help users learn in the process,there sure are a lot of them out there. The handy infographic below takes a look at how musicians are using their iPad to learn, compose, and perform.

If the iPad (or any tablet, really) can help a musician do those things, why not a burgeoning musician? We think music teachers will find a lot of useful tools for their classrooms below. Keep reading to learn more.

Using The iPad In Your Music Classroom

How can you use a tablet’s features in your classroom? Try to use it…

  • as a tuner
  • as a metronome
  • for ear training
  • to practice scales
  • to learn a new instrument (guitar, accordion)
  • to DJ, and layer beats and loops
  • to learn tabs
  • to record music
  • to display sheet music and lyrics
  • to score music
  • to compose music

Is there anything else you use your iPad for in your music classroom that we’re missing? We’d love to hear what you do!




  1. dswirsky

    August 6, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I’d also like to recommend a new app called Sonja™ that is designed to let people read and write music even if they don’t know how.

    Sonja™ was designed primarily for amateur singers, musicians, and songwriters, as well as for beginning music students. Sonja™ uses a simplified and intuitive music notation system that lets one easily follow and learn any part of a score, as well as quickly and easily notate music. Even professional musicians will find Sonja™ easier to use as a quick and convenient music notepad than classic music notation apps.

    With Sonja™ you can:
    – Create and notate your own music
    – Import and edit MIDI files
    – Import audio files
    – Record your own audio files of instrumental accompaniments or singing

    Sonja™ is now available on the app store at

  2. Balzacbee

    August 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I often live jam with kids. It’s primarily a percussion course. Starting with Audiobus so the apps can chat with one another, I create rhythms with Drumjam, add spice with iKaossilator, use a stringed instrument with Amplitude. Loopy allows me to step back.

  3. Dr_motley_muse

    August 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I use iPads all the time in my general music classes. They’re certainly great for practice and review of note-reading, keeping scores, etc.,, but like most teaching tools I believe they are most effective when used for collaboration and creation. Some of my favorite uses are creating soundboards for stories or videos (I use SoundSlate), jamming on virtual instruments in a “band” (some favorites include GarageBand, ThumbJam, DrumJam), creating tutorials for other students (I use Educreations or ShowMe). I’m in the process of updating my app lists for music teachers at Thanks for this article!