Piano Music Scores: Master's Collection

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Thousands of piano scores from classical composers.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The music has all been carefully scanned and fits perfectly onto the screen. "Turning" pages backwards and forwards is as easy as lightly swiping the screen. The iPad's bright, high-res, responsive screen is a more than worthy substitute for a real book of music.

Violence

The app includes a link to YouTube, where users might see off-topic videos containing violence.

Sex

The app includes a link to YouTube, where users might see off-topic videos containing mild sexual references (although YouTube has a pretty strict filter for explicit material).

Language

The app includes a link to YouTube, where users might see off-topic videos containing strong language.

Consumerism

After buying the app, users can't use the Printout feature to print hard copies of scores unless they pay extra to unlock the ability.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The app includes a link to YouTube, where users might see off-topic videos referencing drinking or drugs.

Privacy & safety

Very private. Through Facebook Connect, players can post which piece they're currently playing to their Facebook wall.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Piano Music Scores: Master's Collection offers a library's worth of public domain piano scores (about 3,000 to be exact) from more than 130 well-known classical composers including Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, and Bartok. The scores are presented one page at a time, and users lightly tap the screen to go to the next or previous page. There's a built-in metronome, the ability to record a performance and play it back, and the option to upload your own scanned PDF files. If you want to print out scores, however, you have to pay an extra $9.99 to unlock the feature. Each piece includes links to YouTube where you can theoretically watch professional pianists playing the music in question, but the videos the search turns up aren't always relevant.

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QUALITY
 

Sure, you could acquire the piano music offered in PIANO MUSIC SCORES yourself for free from various online databases (or scan them yourself), but this app saves you hours of work and organizes the scores into a neat and tidy digital package. The metronome and record/playback capability give the app extra value as a practice aid. Having to pay extra to print the scores is disappointing, but the iPad's screen is large enough that printouts aren't required.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$12.99
Release date:September 2, 2010
Category:Music
Publisher:MagicAnywhere
Version:2.5.1
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2 or later

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