Music and Intonation: The Combination of Analog and Digital

Before our institution became 1:1 with iPads, I would often employ this approach of combining a digital tuner behind analog paper sheet music in a somewhat dark room. As students played through their music, they were able to see the iStroboSoft tuner through the paper music, allowing them to constantly monitor intonation as they read through the music.

We are now 1:1 and students often use Split View or Slide over to allow both ForScore (music notation) and Tonal Energy Tuner (tuner/metronome) to be visible on the screen simultaneously.  

Screenshot of music notation and a tuner using split view on iPad.
ForScore and Tonal Energy apps using Split View on iPad.
Both approaches work equally well. It's fun to revisit the old school approach with sheet music to change up the activities with students and provide an alternative method of achieving similar results.

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Posted on April 15, 2024

That’s very cool Donald! Interesting side by side comparison for learners to see. Innovation at it’s best!

Posted on April 17, 2024

This is a great idea, Donnie! I think both approaches are really innovative!

It would be interesting to try with singers too as they practice their parts (or for a junior choir singing unaccompanied in unison). I might suggest this to our choir teacher in school!

Thanks for the idea! 🙌

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