*Updated* My Favorite Apps (for Musicians)

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There are quite a few apps and programs for streaming and downloading music and people have reviewed those apps. This post will be a little different, I have a list of apps for people who are musicians. I have explored the iOS App Store quite a bit and I have come across some good apps for tracking practice time, working on theory and aural skills, and composing on the go.

SymphonyPro
($9.99) available on iOS
This app is only available on the iPad, but it is my favorite for composing and arranging music when I don’t have my laptop with me. It does cost money, but I think it is completely worth it. The app has most of the features of a full computer notation program, plus the touch screen gives it a very user friendly interface. You can create a score right in the app and you can choose from a bunch of instruments. Most contemporary orchestral instruments as well as voice, guitar, and possibly a couple others. You can write all instruments in concert pitch and then the app can transpose the parts accordingly when the piece is complete. You can change both the key and time signatures in the middle of a score, add repeat signs and first and second endings, and use various articulations. You can also change a track to a different instrument if you like, this is only for the entire piece. My favorite feature is probably the onscreen piano keyboard. It allows you to enter notes very easily and you don’t have to worry about inputting the wrong note.
NOTE: The three following apps are available on iOS in a bundle.
Music Journal
($6.99) available on iOS
This app is a good way to keep track of what and how much you practice each day. You can time yourself as you practice, or you can input an amount of time if you want to log your practice that way. You can add folders and different “songs”. I have a folder for each of my instruments and various songs for different areas of practice such as warm ups, technical exercises, and ├ętudes as well as a track for each repertoire piece I have. In order to organize everything further, you can color code the different items you have. If you don’t have a metronome, there is one built into the app, and you can use that to track your progress with regards to tempo. I have never used this feature, however, because I have another app for that which you can find later in this post.
Do Re Mi Ear Training
($6.99) available on iOS
I have not used this app a ton yet, but it is great if you need to work on your aural skills. It plays a chord and then a single pitch in the key, and you have to correctly guess the note. You can have the app play between one and three (possibly more) notes in a row for you to guess. There are different levels of difficulty that you can choose from to practice and test yourself.
Do Re Mi Voice Training
($9.99) available on iOS
This voice training app helps you improve your pitch accuracy. You need to give the app permission to use the microphone so that it can detect the pitch of your voice and determine how close or far you are from a note. I have only used it once, but it is cool how the app knows what note you are attempting to sing. I plan to use this more in the future to help me with the sight singing part of my aural skills class.
NOTE: This ends the bundle.
MusiciansKit
(Free) available on iOS
This app is great to have on your phone, because it has a tuner, metronome, and voice recorder all in one. The tuner allows you to select whatever pitch you want to play, and it can sense the pitch of your instrument. With the metronome, you can set the tempo from 40-280. You can also set the number of beats from 1-16 and subdivisions from 1-8.
YouTube 
(Free) available on iOS & Google Play
YouTube is great for listening to recordings of pieces that you’re working on. YouTube is also a good place to promote yourself and your music.
YouTube Capture
(Free) available on iOS
If you post videos on YouTube for fun or as a way to get your voice out there, you should get this app. It allows you to post videos to YouTube very easily, but it still takes time for the video to go through the upload process.
A PDF Reader
Many are available on the different smart phones: search your app store.
The PDF reader to get depends on you and what you need. Some allow you to highlight and annotate documents, others are solely for the purpose of reading a document on your device. An app like this is good for viewing sheet music on the go or when you are at home. You can view the music for a piece you are working on and decide whether or not you want to download it. If you play flute, check out My Favorite Flute Sites where I list a few sheet music websites that I have used.

As you can see, most of these apps are for iOS. That is the platform I use for my phone and tablet, even though I do not actually use a Mac. I plan on going into more detail on what I like about iOS and how I use that software and Apple hardware in a post sometime in the future.
Thanks for reading!

My Youtube (I am not currently posting videos, but I would love to sometime in the future).

Best Websites for Flutists: A Complete Guide

I love the flute, it is my main instrument, after all. So, for this post, I want to let you know what websites I love for flute. I have a few categories and each has one or two websites for the category that I like to visit!

Killer Harmony | Best Websites for Flutists | Do you need help finding free sheet music, information, or accessories for your flute? I have a list of some of the best websites for flutists out there. Check out this list with links to all of the great websites.

The websites are broken down into the following categories: Sheet Music, Advice/Information, and Instruments/Gear.

SHEET MUSIC
FluteTunes is a great place to find sheet music for flute and you can find various instrumentations, such as flute solo, dust, trio, flute and keyboard, flute and bass instrument, and more. There are pieces of all time periods and difficulties. This website also has scales, fingering charts, and instructions on transposition if you want to play a duet or other piece with an instrument in Bb or Eb. This site is completely free, and with the wide variety of music, there is a good chance that you will find something that suits your needs!
The International Sheet Music Library Project (ISMLP) is a great place to find sheet music for almost any instrument you can think of. Flute is one of the instruments, and I believe they also have sheet music for the various auxiliary flutes like piccolo, alto, and bass flutes. They also have music for flute + other instruments. The site can be categorized by instrumentation, genre, composer, difficulty as well as other options. They have original music and arrangements.
MusicaNeo is a good site if you are looking for arrangements or pieces written by new and upcoming composers. They have some free sheet music, but a lot does cost money, though not much. I have a site on there with my pieces. If you do spend money on there, I believe that you are doing some good with your money, because you are supporting artists and composers who may not have a contract with a major publisher. This is another website for more than just flute, but for flutists, they do have a free PDF of the Taffanel & Gaubert flute book.

ADVICE/INFORMATION
This site is run by a woman named Jennifer Cluff, she is based in Canada, so the information she provides regarding levels are based on levels in Canada, but she does convert them to other systems of determining the difficulty of music. She also provides information on buying a flute, starting lessons, and general tips that are not very specific but can be applied in different ways because they are general.
This site is more for people who play other woodwinds in addition to flute, but the owner of this site, Bret Pimentel, gives good advice and information about playing multiple woodwinds, including flute. You can also find advice on switching off between instruments when practicing. Other than that, I don’t have too much to say, but the blog is very good.
INSTRUMENTS/GEAR
This site is a general online shop for wind instruments (they also have a small selection of strings and keyboards), but I think they have quality instrument accessories. I am not sure about the instruments, but they do have good brands. (Always check with a professional before you make a purchase)
While Amazon is a pretty generic website, they have quite a selection of accessories such as cases, instrument stands, cleaning swabs, sheet music, and a few instruments, but as with WWBW, check with a trusted pro before investing heavily in an instrument over the internet. This is a great resource if you already have an Amazon Prime account.
As of writing this, I have not had enough experience with flute-specific websites for instruments and gear, but I hope to add a couple of websites under that category sometime in the future.
Thanks for reading!

So do you play flute or another instrument? What are your favorite music-related websites? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @HannahHaefele

Free Sheet Music Websites

For today’s post, I wanted to write a little bit about my favorite websites for free sheet music. I only have a few sites that I like, but they are all pretty comprehensive in the materials that they cover.
The first site I like is called 8notes (www.8notes.com). I like this site for easy pieces that I just want to learn for pleasure and not necessarily for performance. I wouldn’t use pieces from this site in performance because a lot of them are transcriptions of pieces written for other instruments. This website is a good place to go if you are looking for inspiration as well.
The next site is the Petrucci Music Library (www.imslp.org). This site definitely has a more comprehensive list of sheet music, some arrangements, some originals. You can search by more than just instrument and difficulty, and there are more instrumentations on here than on 8notes.
The last site I want to tell you guys about is mainly for flutists, flute teachers, and pianists who accompany flutists. It is called Free Flute Sheet Music (www.flutetunes.com). This has a lot of flute solos, duets, trios, etc. as well as pieces with flute and keyboard, flute and bass, etc. you can search by difficulty, instrumentation, time period, written for flute, and more. I use this site for about 95% of my flute sheet music at the moment.
I hope this gave you a few resources to check out for your sheet music needs. I am sorry the list was so short, but honestly, those are the only sheet music sites I need.
If you have any other sheet music websites you like-free or otherwise-comment down below and let me and other readers know.
Thanks for reading!