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Sight Reading/Ear Training apps for iPads

I am teaching choir at a middle school with 1:1 iPads. I'd like to find some music apps for the students to spend 10-15 minutes per rehearsal working on ear training and sight singing. Any suggestions? Preferably, I want them to be FREE because I have 175 in my program. 
Thank you for any suggestions!
on September 5, 2015 4:14am
I'm retired, so I can't directly help you with your question.  However, I'll share a thought as a director who taught choral music K-12.  I can't imagine what anyone would need to do that is better than using Orff-Kodaly techniques (sight-singing and ear training) extensively in rehearsal.  With my high school choirs, I was at the mercy of middle school colleagues who were primarily entertainers.  Me feed commonly had students who knew nothing of note values, vowels, consonants and basic elements of choral music performance.  I did Orff-Kodaly throughout their high school rehearsals, including the hand signs even when they were in their final weeks as seniors.  The OK program does it all. Solfege vowel practice unifies ensemble blend and does wonders for pitch.  Learning the rudiments of music is just as difficult as learning a foreign language, but all too often music teachers are more concerned with being a friend/entertainer/let's feel good person.  I'll follow your post with interest, but from my view OK does it all for those who want to EDUCATE rather than entertain.
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on September 5, 2015 4:40am
1:1!  That is awesome!
Best and most economical resource if you are already comfortable teaching the subject is Sight Reading Factory.
Dale Duncan
Creator of S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program for Beginners
on September 6, 2015 10:45am
I teach middle school choir and general music in a 1:1 environment.  Below are some resources that I have found helpful that are web based.  Check our Dr. Christopher Russell.  He teachs middle school choir and is an ipad guru.
Website based sites: theory lessons along with exercises, you can customize exercises and send them to your students and track their success.
Kahott:  really fun game based site that if you have a smartboard can be used with the whole class.
Theta Music trainer: music games, can sign up for paid subscription or use do the free on line version.
on September 6, 2015 10:56am
Im all for using new technology to engage students.  While still being repectful of well worn techniques. I think
that Melissa is llikley looking to engage her students so they develop a love of music first in middle school.  
To be refined in high school .  Perhaps Orff-Kodaly can design an app?  
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