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.”)

If you have an iPad®, you can simply save any of the PDFs from this piano method to iBooks, which allows you to mark up the score. Another free option is Adobe Acrobat Reader. Other options include:

  • piaScore (piascore.com/faq) – this free app is specifically designed for marking up music and can be found in the iTunes® App Store.
  • forScore (forscore.co) – I highly recommend forScore (available in the iTunes® App Store for purchase at $9.99 USD). This app offers more advanced functionality, an easy user interface, and several options for organizing all your digital scores.
  • SuperScore (timewarptech.com) Also highly recommended, this free app offers PDF import as a purchased add-on ($4.99 USD), as well as many other interactive features. There is also a Carol Matz Piano “store” within SuperScore, featuring numerous interactive scores for purchase.

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.

How Do I Get the Interactive Piano Method® PDFs onto an iPad®?

  • While online with the iPad® (in Safari®), simply tap on the PDF link to download. The PDF will automatically come into view.
  • Tap the small box with an arrow pointing upwards (this is the “share” button).
  • From there, you can scroll through and choose from a variety of apps installed on your iPad®. If you have installed one of the apps mentioned in this section, select “Copy to piaScore” or “Copy to SuperScore.”
  • The PDF will then be saved to that app, so you can write on it with a stylus! If you do not have apps with PDF markup capability installed, simply choose “Copy to iBooks.”

How Do I Get the Interactive Piano Method® PDFs onto an iPad®?

 

Note: in older versions of the iOS, you may need to tap the screen first in order to select “Copy to…” You might also see “Open in…” which has the same function.

Important: Once you download a PDF to your iPad, you must SAVE it by copying it to an app. This is especially important for the Lesson Book PDF, since your downloads are limited.

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

  • Be sure you have a PDF reader installed.

If not, download Adobe Acrobat Reader (free app). Open the Google Play Store. Found in the App Drawer, the Google Play Store is a multicolored triangle pointing to the right. Tap the search bar, type “Adobe Acrobat Reader” and select it. Then, tap “INSTALL.”

  • Click on the PDF from this website, then tap the Download button (arrow pointing down) to save it.
  • Tap “Adobe Acrobat Reader” when prompted. There will be a pop-up menu asking which program you want to use for this file. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is your only PDF reader, you won’t be prompted… it will just open.

Other recommended apps to read and markup PDFs: Xodo, Drawboard, iAnnotate

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