A Handful of Good Music Ed iPhone Apps

This is by no means a comprehensive appendix of great music ed iPhone apps, just a short collection of some incredibly useful apps I’ve stumbled across in the past few months.

Instruments In Reach—$.99

Perhaps the best 99 cents I’ve ever spent. Instruments in Reach is an incredibly easy-to-use fingering chart app. Just three weeks into the school year, it’s already bailed me out several times. I keep my phone on my music stand, and have this app running at all times during the day. Easy to use, quick to navigate between instruments, and the display is a lot easier to read than most print fingering charts you’ll find. I’ve asked my students if they prefer this app, or the old standard fingering chart (such as the ones you’ll see from Alfred). Hands down, Instruments In Reach is preferred.


Karajan is an ear training app, and while it is definitely on the pricey side, it definitely has a lot of useful features. I find myself using it a lot during passing time or my planning hour just to keep my ears sharp. Teaching very young musicians, I’m not always privy to great intonation. Karajan does a decent job of keeping my ears in check.

Dr. Betotte TC—$9.99

The best iPhone metronome I’ve seen on the market. It’s pricy at $9.99, but it comes loaded with features. Tap tempo function, compound meters, subdivisions…It’s not as comprehensive as a good old-fashioned Dr. Beat, but for $10, you can’t beat it.


This one is free, and very useful. I’ve been able to use it to get work done when I’m away from my desk during the day (in the event of a tornado warning during my planning period, for example.) A dropbox account is required, but signing up is no hassle and you get 2GB of free storage.


A wonderful, wonderful tuner. Costs $3.99, but considering you can’t get a decent dedicated tuner for less than $15, it’s a steal. You can control temperament (a fun feature), transposition, and your A calibration. It’s accurate as well; I’ve used it in my own personal practice as well as brass quintet rehearsals.


Before I splashed out the cash for my Korg NanoKey, NumPad was the best way to input notes into Sibelius, at least with a Macbook. The newer Macbooks don’t have a number keypad embedded in their keyboards anymore, so I paid $3.99 for this app. The number pad functionality of it didn’t really appeal to me; what I loved was the fact that when you are using Finale or Sibelius, Numpad displays the various Sibelius/Finale entry layouts.