Using PDF Music Scores on Tablets

Using PDF Music Scores on Tablets

The Interactive Piano Method® contains PDF music scores that can be printed and/or downloaded to a computer, iPad®, or other type of tablet.

You can also download and save the entire Lesson Book as a PDF!

Writing on a music score is obviously important for teachers and performers alike. We need to circle various elements in the score, add fingerings, etc. You can download all the PDF music scores included in this piano method to any tablet, such as an iPad®. This allows you to use a variety of apps to “write” on the music with your finger or a stylus. (This is often referred to as “mark-up” or “annotation.”)

Another feature available in many apps is hands-free page turning, in which a Bluetooth (wireless) pedal is paired with a tablet. Pressing the pedal turns the pages without lifting fingers from the piano. Page turns are also easily done by a tap or swipe of the screen.

Some of these “sheet music reading” apps are free, while others are for purchase or have in-app purchase capability to import and mark-up PDF music scores. One free app that I recommend is piaScore, which can be found in the iTunes® App Store. For more information, see piascore.com/faq

I also highly recommend SuperScore, a free app with PDF import as a purchased add-on (only $4.99 USD), as well as many other interactive features. Both of these apps also support hands-free page turning.

How Do I Get the Interactive Piano Method® PDFs onto a tablet?

It’s very simple! Here are two common methods:

Using “Copy to…” (or “Open in…”)

While online with the iPad® (in Safari®), tap the PDF or link to view it. Then, tap the screen and select the option “Copy to…” (or “Open in…”). From there, you can choose from a variety of apps installed on the iPad®. If you have installed one of the apps mentioned in this section, select “Copy to piaScore” or “Copy to SuperScore.” It’s that’s easy.

Using iTunes File Sharing

If you want to transfer PDFs that have already been downloaded to a computer:

  • Open iTunes® on the computer and connect your device.
  • Select your device (at the top).
  • Click on Apps, then scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Select piaScore or SuperScore, etc.
  • Click “Add…” or drag and drop the PDFs onto the list.
  • Click “Sync.”

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