All of these apps are available for Android devices. I haven’t been compensated for my reviews, I just want to share what apps are out there. See more categories under menu Android App Reviews.
Google Keep (free)✰✰✰✰✰
I know, it’s just a note keeping app, but it is so handy. It let’s you color your notes so I have different colors for different categories. I can keep track of all the music I need to purchase all in one place, and it is synced to all of my devices. Also, I use it to keep track of things that I need to take care of and the different steps to complete it. Here is a glimpse of what categories I have right now: 31 Days of Music Education topics, Music store ideas, Need for Lessons, Wishlist, Week goals, and Music Books (I’m currently organizing all of my music and this helped me break it into smaller pieces that I can cross off and see that I am making progress). Those are just a few. I also have other personal categories like shopping, daily goals and such so I can see everything at a quick glance.
NotateMe Now (free) ✰✰✰✰
The best free notating app I’ve seen. It does take a little bit of time for the app to learn your writing style, but it works. I would recommend using a stylus to make it a little easier. There are things I wish it did, but those are available in the paid version, which is understandable.
I’ve used this app before to quickly type up something for my student to see, but when I tried it this time it didn’t work.
Smart Voice Recorder (free) ✰✰✰✰✰
This is a decent little recorder. I use it every once in a while to record a student’s playing so they can listen to how the sound immediately. One thing I really like about this is that you can change the quality that you record at (which also changes how big a file it saves as). One thing to remember about recorders on devices, is that they can only be as good as your microphone. It does have ads, but you can purchase the app to get rid of them.
Sound Box Free (free) ✰✰✰✰
On a music forum once someone mentioned an ipad app that has random sound effects. The students are able to push a button once the accomplish something such as cheering. This was the bust sound effects app I found for free for android. I haven’t let students use it yet, but I can see some that have a hard time focusing finding this a nice short break in between songs.
Sketchbook Express (Free) ✰✰✰✰
This app is used for drawing. I have my students practice drawing notes and rests. Also, you can open a jpg file in it and draw over the image. This can be used to have your students do theory worksheets on the tablet and saving paper. Sadly, it will not open pdf files so you can only use jpg images.