I use an iPhone for languages/ear training/keyboards/metronome but scores don’t really carry over well. Are there any other things the smaller screen is good for that I’m forgetting?
Here’s what I posted in response:
- Listen to recordings, watch YouTube clips of performances (says Captain Obvious)
- Use WorldCat app or mobile website to locate scores at libraries and make interlibrary loan requests
- YAP Tracker has an app (haven’t tried it myself)
- Music theory apps (I haven’t checked these out either)
- Practice with MP3 accompaniment tracks when you’re away from your pianist (you can get these from YourAccompanist.com and other websites)
- Store song texts and libretti to memorize on the go
- Make a spoken recording of your lines/text and listen to it ad nauseum, as a memorization aid
- Make recordings of lessons/coachings/rehearsals in a pinch, if you don’t have another recording device on hand
- Quick and dirty audio/video recording of your performances, to evaluate later
- Make a cheat sheet of staging notes
- Scan scores and reference materials at the music library
- Subscribe and listen to podcasts on opera, history, language, literature, diction, the biz, etc.
- Protect your hearing – see TooLoud app
- Visualize the overtones in your voice – e.g. see MeionSpector app
- Use a flash card app with pre-made flash cards, or make your own cards, to study languages, IPA, theory, or any other topic. I’ve always thought that the OperaWorks attitude/gesture cards would be interesting to enter into a flash card app.
- Cleartune is a cool app, mainly for instrumentalists but I found it too cool not to get…
Some of the app mentioned above are iOS-only, but many have Android versions (or close equivalents).