Having been a music teacher for nearly ten years, I get pretty excited when I see some great resources out there for music educators and their students. One of my biggest frustrations with schools moving toward Chromebooks is the lack of music apps and resources that were included on the iPad.
Flat is a website trying to change all that. It allows users to create their own musical scores on their browser (translation: no iPad app needed!).
The benefits are huge here. Flat offers free services as well as paid premium options (many good iPad notation apps are paid apps), but working in the browser means that student work is mobile. Creating in the cloud means they can feasibly edit and create on any device with an internet connection. No more “I forgot my iPad” or “my work is on that iPad over there that’s being used by another student.”
Another issue? Printing from iPads. Many times, students and teachers need to be able to print scores once they are done creating and editing. By using a browser notation tool like Flat, scores can be printed like regular documents without the hassle of emailing copies to another computer (note: your district setup may or may not allow printing from Chromebooks, but you should be able to pull up your score on another computer that is capable of printing). Flat allows user to print an entire score, individual parts, or both.
What I’m really excited about in Flat’s site is the ability to collaborate and share scores with others: think Google Docs but with music scores instead of text documents! Flat also allows users to login with their Google credentials – a huge plus for my students in a GAFE environment. Flat also offers Educator accounts, which allow teachers to integrate work with Google Classroom.
What do you think? Have you used Flat or a similar tool? I’d love to hear more!