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What it does: This application allows you to write your own music with a stylus on the touch screen of your tablet. The program will convert your handwriting into beautiful easy to read printed notation. You can of course playback what you have written as well. A lot of other features found in desktop music notation software can also be found on StaffPad. You can write in dynamics, sharps, flats, articulation symbols, bar lines, and key signatures. You can write in a bunch of different instruments including drums, bass guitar, piano, flute and more. It is likely that new instruments will be added in updates. Speaking of updates, Staff Pad functions a bit better now than when I got it three or so months ago. The application also learns your handwriting over time and it will become easier to use in time, just make sure you choose the correct option in the popup window when StaffPad doesn't understand what you are trying to do.
Whether you are trying to write for just piano, big band, orchestra or small ensemble, StaffPad can do it all.
Staffpad is a wonderful teaching tool that I have been using in my private lessons over the last few months. It is so much easier to show my students on StaffPad than traditional pencil and paper. My younger students pay more attention to StaffPad than the flashcards I was using before. Students also love to write songs, save them, and play them back. It has added a lot to the piano lessons I give and will continue to use StaffPad for hopefully a long time to come. I also recommend StaffPad to composition students, hobbyists, and anyone is wants to write their own music.