ISSUE NO. 15 | MAY 2020
GREAT APPS FOR
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF MODERN DAY MUSIC SCHOOL
This season of staying home can be difficult, but it can also be a time of growth for musicians. Coaches often suggest digital resources for practicing and improving. We’ve compiled a list of coach approved apps to help you and your student progress during this time! You don’t have to leave the house or have anything fancier than a basic smart device.
BY LAURA BETH JOHNSON
GREAT APPS FOR MUSICIANS
Piano apps are a great place to start with musical applications. They’re simple and only require a touch to use effectively. Vocalists with no piano knowledge can warm themselves up easily. Just move up and down the piano one key at a time.
Smule is a social singing app where users sing karaoke as a solo or duet. Videos are viewed, liked, and commented on by other users. It can be a great place for singers to practice songs and get some feedback.
GuitarTuna is a tuning app for guitar, bass, and ukulele. Physical tuners can be expensive, get lost, or break. GuitarTuna is free, accurate, and used by many of our coaches.
The free metronome app we suggest for students is The Metronome by Sound Brenner.
It allows users to choose time signature, subdivisions, and song duration. You can even load songs into the app to learn more about it.
Students interested in composing can complete ten projects for free at Noteflight.com. You get to write out your music on a proper score! An app called Music Memos analyzes your recorded audio and suggest chords for what you played. It’s optimized for acoustic guitar and piano.
Songwriters might be interested in GarageBand which allows you to build entire songs with touch instruments. Minimoog Model D Synthesizer is also a great choice. If you’re looking to write melody and lyrics to beats, then Beatstar might be for you.
On the Ultimate Guitar app you will find accurate chords for the songs you’re looking to cover. It focuses on guitar, bass, and ukulele, but pianists also use it.
Tenuto is an office favorite for music theory. It has 24 exercises designed to enhance your musicality. It has training for vocalists, pianists, and guitarists. Some popular exercises on the app are “Interval Identification” which improves aural skills and “Chord Construction” which quizzes users on chordal theory.
A long list can be a little intimidating, but if one of these sparked your interest, go try it out! When you spend more time practicing, you’ll see much more improvement. Ask your coach about what applications they’d recommend for you.
If we must be apart, let’s work together to improve in the ways we can with the tools we have. Stay well.
Mike Malatino is a percussionist, producer, audio engineer, and drum coach. As he puts it, “Mostly, I use wood to hit plastic and metal.” But of course, drumming is much more than that.
Teaching someone to drum means covering four-way coordination, limb independence, and even critical listening. Mike explained, “Intentional listening and transcribing of a musical part is not something we normally do, but it’s important. I ask my students to find new music, music they may not even like, and listen until they discover something they appreciate about it.”
Mike encourages his students to view “problems” as challenges. He describes his philosophy like this, “I don’t let my students say, “I can’t”. You can. Eventually, you can.”
Along with being a drum coach, Mike coaches our Band Program drummers and teaches students in the studio.
He’s a certified audio engineer from The Audio Recording Technology Institute in Orlando, Florida, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Albany State University with a concentration in Electronic Music and Media.
Mike has been playing drums for almost 30 years! The first song he learned was Enter Sandman by Metallica. “It played on MTV in a loop the summer of 91. I broke down and taught it to myself”, he confessed. Metallica has had a huge influence on his playing along with the bands Pantera, Porcupine Tree, Depeche Mode, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crew, and The Crystal Method.
Mike is currently putting together a metal band to record an album and play out with. He’s looking forward to releasing original music and working with some great musicians.
Find Mike’s drum covers on YouTube today under MikeMalatino!
We would love to use this time to showcase some of our amazing students and their talents! If you have a video of you or your child performing, playing their instrument, or singing at home - please send it our way! We love to share what our students are learning on our social media pages!
MAY: FREE VIRTUAL HAPPENINGS ON EVENTBRITE
**Take extra care noting Time Zone**
For more information search at EventBrite.com
1 - The Sofa Singers (weekly sing-a-long meetings) by The Sofa Singers 1:00 – 12:30 BST
2 - Live Guitar Meditation Workshop by GirlSpace, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
5 - Virtual Music for Indoor Families! (ages 2-6) by Menlo Park Library, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM PDT
9 - Couchfest w/ Jill McCracken and Blindspot by ONCE Somerville, 2:00 PM EDT
14 – Working in the Music Industry Post Lockdown by Thirty Plus One, 18:30 – 19:30 BST
17 - Artist relief fundraiser with pianist Guy Mintus - Bach Jazz by MusicTalks, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
18 - TAKAKO UEMURA (Jazz vocal) "Virtual" Concert by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles TBD
25 - Why the Show Must Go On ... Creativity and your Mental Health 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
25 – DAVID NEPTUNE (Percussion) "Virtual" Concert by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles TBD
26 - Creatives with Kids! by Creative Edinburgh, 09:00 – 11:00 BST
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR OUR NEW STUDENTS IN APRIL!
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