Music Teacher's Assistant

BandIB helps you practice your band instrument and improve your playing.
You place your iPad on your music rack, select your username, instrument, and exercise and play. BandIB listens to you play and scores your playing for note and timing accuracy.
BandIB can be used for the following instruments:

  • Piccolo, Flute, Treble Recorder
  • Oboe, Cor Anglais, Bassoon
  • A Clarinet, B flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
  • Alto saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
  • French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba

The exercise and tunes are grouped into the following sets:

  • Sight reading exercises graduated in level for 10 levels.
  • Scales and arpeggios,Technical exercises to develop dexterity
  • Tunes for National Anthems, Traditional music, Marches

Your progress is tracked and can be reviewed. You get a gold star for any piece played well, and points for each exercise you play. You must get more than 85 points to get a gold star.
The history of all of your playing can be reviewed.
BandIB helps band instrument musicians learn to improve their skills from early stage beginners through intermediate players. It also provides exercises that are useful workouts for even advanced players.
There is a tuner to allow you to tune your instrument to concert pitch (nominally 440 Hz, but this can be changed as needed). The tuner will also allow you to check your intonation on other notes.

User Instructions

Sign-In Screen

BandIB can keep track of multiple users. The first time you use BandIB give yourself a username by typing it in the box at the top left of the first screen. The name will then show up in the table of users.
Touch your name in the table of users and you will be taken to the Instrument screen.

Select Instrument Screen

Here you see a collection of all of the instruments that BandIB supports. When you select an instrument the music that you play will be restricted to the range of notes possible on that instrument and the normal instrument transpositions will occur automatically.
Select your instrument, (the name turns red when selected) and then touch Menu in the top right of the screen. We will talk about “Tune”, also in the top right, later.

Select Exercise Screen

Now you are on the Select Exercise screen that shows all of the types of exercises that you can choose to play.
On the left are the beginner sight reading exercises. These progress gradually from simple longer notes to more complex rhythmic combinations and intervals. Even if you are more than a beginner, select level 1 so that you can see how the App works, even if the music is simple for you.
In the middle are exercises for the scales and arpeggios, and some technical exercises derived from the Hanon exercises for piano.
On the right are tunes that you can play when you reach a suitable level of proficiency.
To begin with just select level 1 in the sight reading exercises on the left.
Then touch the big arrow at the bottom of the screen.
This takes you to the Play Exercise screen.

Play Exercise Screen

This is the screen where you will spend most of your time. The music you selected in the Select Exercise screen will appear here. You can modify the music in a number of ways while on this screen. The allowed modifications change depending on the music you selected.
All exercises allow you to set the tempo to whatever you are comfortable with in the range 48 to 144 beats per minute.
All exercises allow you to change the key. However, some keys may not be allowed because the range of notes of your instrument can not play them. That is both instrument and music dependent.

SightReading Exercises

The sight reading exercise will be adjusted to start on a note that is within the range of your instrument and usually fairly low in its range. You can change key, including using minor keys, and these exercises use a small range of notes so you will not have any keys that are not usable. In addition you can do a scaler transposition of the notes (up or down by steps of the scale in which you have selected) using the stepper buttons in the middle of the bottom of the screen. This allows you to shift the exercises to use different fingers and a different part of the range of the instrument.

To start you can simply leave the music as it is first shown to you. To play and have BandIB listen and score your playing, touch the red button at the top left, wait for the count in, then play in time with the metronome sound and marker. When you have finished the exercise you will get a score displayed at the top right. If you did well, you will get a gold star (sometimes some other encouraging emoji). If you did badly you will get a red X move across the music. Just try again. When you are successful the exercise will advance automatically. If you want to manual advance which exercise you are going to play do that using the arrows above the music around the title of the exercise. The left arrow goes to lower numbered exercises, the right arrow goes to higher numbered exercises.

Scales, Arpeggios, and Technical Exercises

These are available in all keys, both major and minor. The exercise will start automatically on a note within the range of the instrument and allow at least an octave to be played. The two octave exercises may not be available in all keys.

Tunes

There are three groups of tunes for you to try playing. National Anthems, Traditional and Classical tunes, and Marches.
While you can change key, you can not change between major and minor mode since that would change the tune. You also can’t shift the music. BandIB places the tune at a suitable range for the instrument. Not all keys may be available, depending upon the range of the tune.

Progress Screen

In both Select Exercise or Play Exercise screens there is a Progress button at the top right that will take you to the Progress Screen. This shows your accumulated score and number of gold stars. You can also see the detailed history of your playing if you touch the History button in the middle.

Tune

Touch the Tune button in the top right of the Select Instrument screen to take you to the tuner facility. You can change the standard frequency of A = 440 Hz using the stepper in the lower right. When you play a note, the detected frequency is displayed on the scale. On the right is the note BandIB thinks you are playing, its name and frequency. On the left is the current measured frequency. The vertical bar shows the displacement of the current measured frequency from the note BandIB thinks you are playing. You can play any note, not just the concert A. You can use this tuner to check your pitch stability and intonation.

Here are the instruments and their characteristics. For reference, C4 = 40 is middle C.

Instrument
Transposition
(than written)
Lowest Note
(written)
Highest Note
(written)
Piccolo
Octave higherD4 = 42C7 = 76
FluteNoneB3 = 39D7= 78
Treble RecorderNoneC4 = 40D6 = 66
Oboe
NoneA#3 = 38
C6 = 64
Cor AnglaisFifth lower
B3= 39E6 = 68
Bassoon
NoneBb1= 14
G5 = 59
A ClarinetMinor third lowerE3 = 32G6 = 71
B flat ClarinetSecond lowerE3 = 32G6 = 71
Bass ClarinetOctave and second lower Eb3 = 31C6 = 64
Alto SaxophoneSixth lowerBb3 = 38F6 = 69
Tenor SaxophoneOctave and second lowerBb3 = 38F6 = 69
Baritone SaxophoneOctave and sixth lowerBb3 = 38F6 = 69
TrumpetSecond lowerF#3 = 34G5 = 59
French HornFifth lowerC3 = 28F6 = 69
TromboneNoneE1 = 8
F5 = 57
TubaNone
Eb1 = 7
A4 = 49