Can devices like the iPad work in music programs in school? This is one of the questions I asked after I installed the iRig app on my iPad. iRig is an application that allows you to plug your bass or guitar into your iPad and use the pre-installed effects on the app to play your guitar. iRig itself is a 1/4 inch adapter interface for your guitar that you can purchase at pretty much any electronics shop around for about $40.00. Once you have the adapter you simply go to th App Store and install the iRig app for free. Once you have set up an account with iRig you will be able to jam away!
Upon playing around with the application, I realized that there were other several useful tools like the multi-track recorder that could be used to either upload music onto to jam with or record your own original work. Of course to tap into many of these features iRig expects you to front up the funds to unlock them however, the effects are far more cheaper than purchasing the effects pedals at our local music shop.
I began to wonder if applications such as these could have any place in a school music program. Many programs are cancelled due to lack of funding for musical equipment. I see the iPad being a useful tool to overcome issues such as these. Of course when it comes to doing concert bands or larger ensembles, sometimes there is just nothing that can replace the real thing, but for music programs that focus on guitar, bass, keyboards, etc., applications like this could have some real potential.
If iPad ever comes up with an application that allows several users to plug into one hub together to jam together virtually with headphones on…mom’s and dad’s around the world would surely rejoice!