Music isn’t a textbook subject – most of the learning comes from playing, listening and analyzing, rather than reading. That’s why iFlipTips, a new study app, is perfect for studying subjects like music that don’t necessarily fit the same learning patterns as other subjects, like math or geography. iFlipTips uses a combination of text, images, video and audio recordings to help you study for a test. Modeled on a 3×5 flashcard system, the app helps you break information down into bite-sized pieces, making it easy to remember and reducing the amount of time you have to spend studying.
The app has two sections: iTipsIdeas-Cards and iFlipCards. iTipsIdeas are helpful for the learning process, while iFlipCards help you test your knowledge so far. You can use text, image, video and audio in each section, meaning the app is even perfect for testing yourself on your knowledge of a subject like music, something that can otherwise be very challenging. The use of different mediums also leads to increased retention, so you can recall the relevant information in a shorter amount of time.
Whether you’re studying music performance, or your learning involves some theory too, you can use the app’s audio recorder to help you learn. When learning a new performance piece, recording and listening to an existing performance will help you learn quicker. Equally, if you’re learning music theory or practicing for a viva exam, you can use the audio recorder to create a learning library of different intervals, chord types, and chord progressions. The more you can practice listening for musical features, the better you will be at identifying them in exams, and iFlipTips helps you develop a faster recall of the information you’re learning.
The camera function can also help with learning theory, especially written music theory and composition. You can use the integrated camera to take pictures of chords, test yourself on intervals, and improve your knowledge of musical features like cadences. The text box is useful for adding additional written notes to aid your understanding of the subject.
The audio function integrated with the iFlipCards flashcards can also help you prepare for exams. Using the iFlipCard, you can create a mock aural test, quizzing yourself on chord progressions, scales, instrumentation and musical features. You can include all the answers to your mock exam on the ‘answer’ side of the card, in written, audio, or video format.
Performers can use the video function to prepare themselves for concerts and competitions. Recording practice performances before you do the real thing can help develop confidence. Knowing that the app is recording and ‘watching’ you simulates the effect of having an audience, and can help you feel more at ease with the idea of having a real audience during the actual performance. Once you’ve performed your mock concert, you can also use the recording to critique your playing and performance style – videoing your performance gives you an opportunity to improve on aspects of your playing that you might not be aware of otherwise.
When you start creating cards, you need somewhere to store them, and iFlipTips’ folders system provides you with the perfect way to create your own information library. You can organize the folders in a way that suits you, for example by stylistic period, by each individual module, or by composer.