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Piano Music Scores: Master's Collection
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
Is it any good?
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.