Below is a fairly comprehensive list of the apps we use in both mainstream and SEN/D settings. We have listed them in order of how much we use them, so if you only have time to download a few, start at the top of the list and work down!
The list was prepared as part of our CPD programme.
Garageband Songwriting app with virtual instruments, sequencer and easy to use sampler.
Thumbjam Powerful instrument emulator.
Madpad Video sampler.
Loopseque Cyclical beat-maker with fantastic potential for exploring rhythm.
Loopy & Everyday Looper Two sophisticated live loopers, each with unique merits.
Impaktor Uses theiPad microphone as a contact mic, turning any surface into a drum. Headphones required.
Pinnacle Studio A video making app similar to iMovie. Great for adding images to compositions.
Notion Music Create and play sheet music.
Beatsurfing Link with Thumbjam to create your own playing surface. Endless possibilities.
Audiobus Links apps together, e.g. record something you are playing in Thumbjam into Garageband.
For pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and others:
Thumbjam Powerful instrument emulator. Change the ‘span’ and controls to give player access to multiple controls (volume, vibrato, pitch bend)
Bebot Polyphonic synth with fantastic sounds and more depth than first appears.
Bloom – Create calming sound and colour scapes with app co-created by Brian Eno.
Aquasonic – Similar to Bloom, but with water background. Shake to
make the water move.
Madpad – Video Sampler.
Beatwave – Create layers of melodies by using a grid system. Pupil needs
to have good grasp of cause and effect for this one to be meaningful, but
it sounds great.
Thicket – Moody and very visual soundscape creation that some pupils
love (and some can’t stand).
Soundprism – Virtual organ with big playing surface. Good for
using in duets with a melody app like Bebot.
Airvox – Uses the iPad camera to generate pitches based on the distance
between you and the iPad. Time needs to be spent adjusting the parameters.
EZ Voice/Singaling – These two apps work with a microphone (this could
be the iPad microphone) to add effects, including delay, reverb and harmonies, to the voice. EZ voice is more powerful but slightly more fiddly.
Soundscape Turns audio from the microphone into images, similar to visualisations on Windows Media Player
For all other SEN/D Settings (including SLD, MLD, EBSD etc)
Garageband – Songwriting app with virtual instruments, sequencer and
easy to use sampler.
Loopseque – Cyclical beat-maker with fantastic potential for exploring
Figure – Intuitive dance music creator.
Launchpad Easy to use sample sets.
Loopseque Kids – As above, but more child-friendly interface and
Drumjam – Cousin of Thumbjam, easily drag in instruments to create a
groove then improvise on top with a range of great sounds.