Resource Roundup: Disappearing Apps, Pumpkin Musical Alphabets, and Free Vocal Warm Ups
This week’s roundup includes good news and bad news. Let’s get right to it… we’ll start with the bad news and get it out of the way!
Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away?
We all saw this coming, and now it’s here. iOS 11 was released last week, and with it’s release comes the demise of a ton of useful apps. Why? Because they’re 32-bit apps and the new operating system requires that apps be 64-bit in order for them to work.
Music Educator Resources blogger Jennifer Foxx put together a comprehensive list about all the apps that are going to stop working. Sadly one of my favorite scale apps is on the list: Dragon Scales. 🙁 DoReMi 123 was also on that list. *sigh*
Update: Dragon Scales is going to be updated for iOS11! It’s going to include the ability to play the scales on the piano while your iPad listens. This makes me SO HAPPY! 😀
Check out her post for more apps that are going to disappear (unless the developers update them to 64-bit) and for a helpful tech tip about how to check which apps will stop working on your device.
Now on to some GOOD news…
Pumpkin Musical Alphabets
Susan Hong is at it again! She released another beautiful freebie this month: musical alphabet cards with pumpkins behind them. These are great for quick games that review the musical alphabet forwards and backwards. You can also use them as flashcards to have students identify the corresponding notes on the keyboard.
Oh, and this set includes a sharp and a flat, so you can review black keys too! If you’re looking for a “fall menagerie” theme, she also has red apples and fall leaves for $0.99 each. Thanks for making these Susan — you’re the best!
Welcome Back Warm Ups
Did you know that The Full Voice releases free resources on the last Friday of every month? (Another one is coming up soon!) September’s resource is a Welcome Back Warm Ups pack with easy, medium, and hard exercises for your young singers.
Each colorful page includes warm ups, activities, and theory questions for students to complete. Nikki Loney has literally planned the first 10 minutes of your lesson — how awesome is that? AND she’s included a b/w version that’s totally printer friendly.
P.S. You don’t have to worry about printing in color!
If you have HP Instant Ink, printing in color won’t stress you out. Last September I made the leap after hearing a bunch of teachers rave about the service. 12 months later, I’m really pleased with how much money I’ve saved on ink! (And the convenience of not having to go to the store to pick up cartridges.)
If you’ve been thinking about signing up, I hope you’ll consider using my HP Instant Ink refer a friend link. Using my link will give you 1 month free — plus you can get another 3 months free with the coupon code 3freeink at the end of the checkout process. (Good through Dec. 2017.) That’s a total of 4 free months! Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me. 🙂
(And yes, I get a free month too if you use my link! So, pretty please? )
If you’d like to learn more about saving on paper and ink in your studio, check out this post:
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for another Resource Roundup next Monday.