Below is a fairly comprehensive list of the apps we use in both classroom, instrumental teaching 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.

Mainstream Curriculum

Mainstream Curriculum

Garageband Songwriting app with virtual instruments, sequencer and easy to use sampler.

Thumbjam Powerful instrument emulator.

Madpad Video sampler (Note – not currently available on iOS11).

Loopseque Cyclical beat-maker with fantastic potential for exploring rhythm.

Figure Intuitive dance music creator.

Launchpad Easy to use sample sets.

Loopy & Quantiloop Two sophisticated live loopers, each with unique merits.

Pinnacle Studio A video making app similar to iMovie. Great for adding images to compositions.

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 (Note – not currently available on iOS11).

Madpad Video Sampler (Note – not currently available on iOS11).

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.

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.

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 rhythm.

Figure Intuitive dance music creator.

Launchpad Easy to use sample sets.

Loopseque Kids As above, but more child-friendly interface and sounds.

Instrumental Teachers

Instrumental Teachers

Record and reflect

Music Memos (Free) One touch recording, adds bass and drums. (iOS)

Camera (Free) Insight into pupils’ practice approach and environment. demonstrate progression. (All)

Create Backing Tracks

Garageband (Free) Pupil-friendly interface for sequencing and recording backing tracks. Full guide to the app with our book. (iOS)

iReal Book (£13) Lead sheets for Jazz and pop standards. (All)

Chordbot (£5) Quickly create sets of chord progressions. (All)

Explore improvisation (test out scales)

Thumbjam (£9) Test out scales and effects. (iOS)

Loopy (£4) Layer melodies. (iOS)

Sight Reading/Aural training

Rhythm Cat (Free) Fun rhythm games for all ages. (All)

Treble Cat (Free) Game for identify pitches. (All)

Ear Wizard (Free) Chord progressions. (iOS)


Spotify (Free/£9.99p/m) Create playlists, share musical ideas, especially for improvisation. (All)

Generally Useful

Anytune Lots of practice tools – Change pitch, speed, loop sections and much more. (All)

Instuner (Free) Tuner. (All)

Internet/Google Drive/Dropbox/Camera (Free) Capture, organise, store and easily share sheet music. (All)