- iProRecorder $4.99 – This is an audio recording App. It is not the most user friendly, but the sound quality is amazing! It also comes with a professional online editing software called BIAS. I also have another audio recording App called Recorder HD ($2.99) which is more basic and easier to use, but not quite as good sound-quality wise. I have used both Apps to record student lesson segments and email to their parents; one student loves it so much it has become an incentive for her to practice – she knows she has to perfect her songs for next week’s lesson so we can record them and email to her Dad who is often away on business trip.
- Pages $9.99 – This is a beautiful and easy to use word processor. It took me a while to decide that it was worth $9.99, but after I created my first ‘page’, I was totally convinced! In fact, I wished I had gotten it sooner, instead of several other cheaper Apps that serve similar but limited functions. There are many built in templates which make creating any kind of documents very easy and effortless. What I have found particularly useful is the App’s easy file sharing ability. Traditionally, I used to create a word document on Microsoft Word, save it into a folder, and when I need to send it to someone, open up my email program, search for the document, and send the file as an attachment. (If you are like me, there are too many folders and you forget which one you saved it into!) Now I can just email the document right from the App; I can even email as PDF file (very useful if you don’t want people to change your document). I have used the App to create letters to parents, student reports, studio newsletters, and will be using it to design my Holiday Recital poster.
- iXpenselt $4.99 – I use this App to keep track of my studio income and expenses. You can enter information offline anytime anywhere, create custom income and expense categories, allow repeating events (tuition, membership fees, utility, Music Teachers Helper subscription), keep track of mileage, text search your entire records (when did I last pay my piano tuner to come tune my piano?), specify reports by criteria such as category, vendor, etc. The visual indicator of monthly budget vs expenses is also very helpful.
- PocketCal $Free – This is a very handy App that provides a simple, no-frills 12 month calendar similar to those on the back of some business cards (I always found those so handy to have, but can never find one when I need it!) The iPad built in Calendar provides an excellent daily, weekly, or monthly view, but not yearly; now this App completes all your calendar requirements! You can quickly jump to any year!
For me, the Apps store is like a toy store for a child (I need to watch how much time and money I spend there!) Everyday there are new Apps designed to simplify or entertain our lives. I am a relatively new Apple user, so I am sure there are still many great Apps for me to discover. Does anyone have any recommendations? What Apps do you find particularly useful? Please share by commenting below!