Music Therapists Sharing Favourite Apps

By Zoe Peled December 2, 2013

Monday, Dec 2, 2013

Written by John Mews, MA, MTA

John Mews is an accredited music therapist and registered clinical counsellor.  For the past 10 years in his private practice, Mewsic Moves, John’s work and passion has been to support families of children with special needs through counselling, music therapy, sibling support, education, workshops and most recently, online support. Making The Most With Mewsic is John’s new online series of educational songs, videos and tips available at www.mewsicmoves.com. These resources will show you many ways you can use music more effectively to support children with special needs. John is very generous in offering support and sharing ideas, so be sure to take this opportunity to look at what other great knowledge he has to share!

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At our annual MTABC (Music Therapy Association of BC) business meeting I was struck by something that one of the presenters said.  “We need to focus on abundance and less on lack,” she said.  Those words have stayed with me all week.

I was there to present my favourite iPad apps and how they can be very helpful tools to music therapists. There truly is an abundance of great apps helpful for music therapists, and some of these are even free. I was happy to share my favorites, and to explain why I found them to be so useful.

I’d like to continue sharing the abundance of these great tools, so I thought I’d post my favorites here too. I invited all music therapists in attendance to post their favorites as well. That way everyone benefits!

Here is a list of our favourite apps for music therapists from MTABC. Many of these apps can be used across multiple populations. I have done my best to put them in categories according to appropriate population benefit.

Enjoy!

 

Multiple Populations:

iGuitar

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/iguitar/id443419246?mt=8

iAutoharp

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iautoharp/id304091719?mt=8

Noteshelf

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/noteshelf/id392188745?mt=8

Celtic Harp

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/celtic-harp/id371900975?mt=8

Accordeon

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/accordeon/id364741802?mt=8

Virtuoso

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtuoso-piano-free-3/id391994966?mt=8

Garageband

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/garageband/id408709785?mt=8

Recorder HD

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recorder-hd/id364613376?mt=8

History of Rock

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/history-of-rock/id468650707?mt=8

History of Jazz

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/history-jazz-interactive-timeline/id411521458?mt=8

Small Talk Phonemes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smalltalk-phonemes/id384170714?mt=8

 

Adults:  Mental Health, Brain Injury, Geriatrics and
Speech and Language

Trivia Tunes

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/trivia-tunes-music-quiz-radio/id407757286?mt=8

3D Brain

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/3d-brain/id331399332?mt=8

Small Talk Dysphagia

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smalltalk-dysphagia/id337184701?mt=8

Small Talk Oral Motor

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/smalltalk-oral-motor-exercises/id337145605?mt=8

 

Toddlers:

Baby Chords

https://itunes.apple.com/ne/app/baby-chords-lite/id408506566?mt=8

Piano Pals

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/piano-pals/id395388472?mt=8

 

Children/Teens:

Songify – Turn Speech Into Music

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/songify/id438735719?mt=8

iXylophone

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ixylophone-lite-play-along/id329934119?mt=8

Dust Buster

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/piano-dust-buster-song-game/id502356539?mt=8

Wild Chords

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/wildchords/id453707538?mt=8

Pic Card Maker

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/picture-card-maker-for-communication/id419089000?mt=8

Endless ABC

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/endless-alphabet/id591626572?mt=8

Vid Rhythm

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vidrhythm/id457548851?mt=8

Harmonizer

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/harmonizer/id393762975?mt=8

Magic Piano

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/magic-piano/id421254504?mt=8

Falling Stars

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/falling-stars-by-trident-vitality/id439921044?mt=8

Glee Karaoke

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/glee-karaoke/id360736774?mt=8

Beatwave

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/glee-karaoke/id360736774?mt=8

 

Music Therapists: Helpful Tools

Turboscan – quickly scan multi page documents into high-quality PDFs

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/turboscan-quickly-scan-multipage/id342548956?mt=8

DeepDish GigBook – Organizing all your songs

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/deepdish-gigbook/id373676401?mt=8

Capo

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/capo/id386963803?mt=8

iReal b – Music Book and Play along

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ireal-b-music-book-play-along/id298206806?mt=8

NoteStar

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/notestar/id474599224?mt=8

 

Written by John Mews, MA, MTA

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