The mobile companion for the Essential Elements Interactive (EEi) Online Resource (Browser Version) – available with the purchase of an Essential Elements Method Book (Books 1, 2, or 3).
This app is designed to work with the Essential Elements for Band and Essential Elements for Strings Method Books – the premier method books for beginning instrumentalists. EEi is an online resource that supplements and enhances the EE curriculum. This app will allow teachers, students and parents access to their EEi accounts.
EEi for iOS allows users with accounts to:
• Practice their instruments with multiple audio accompaniment tracks
• Record themselves via their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
• Upload and share recordings via the EEi cloud
• Use tempo control, slowing the audio speed for practice
• View instructional videos
• Access supplemental handouts and worksheets
• View and share assignments and materials from teacher to student
• And much more…
*An internet connection and an EEi teacher, student or parent account is required to use this app.
**Accounts can be created using purchased Essential Elements Teacher and Student Method Books (Books 1, 2, or 3).
* Fixed error when uploading larger recordings.
* Improved security features.
Ratings and Reviews
Every time I close out of the app I have to log back in which is annoying. And while playing along with the melody, my phone screen will go dark from being inactive, which stops the app from playing anything, it then glitches to where it won’t play anything and then I’m forced to close out of the app and go through the whole process over again. But I really do love the opportunity to play along and make sure I’m doing everything correctly for ✨free✨ even with one of my old books from 7years ago 🤯
Overall not great, but I’d rather have it than nothing at all.
Badly in need of an update
As a public high school strings teacher, I really want to like and use this app, but as it stands now I just can't and don't. The last update to it was almost two years ago, back when iOS 8.3 was out. As of this writing, we're at iOS 10.2, and as the others have mentioned, there are stability issues. All my students have school-issued iPads, and this app crashes at startup on an unacceptably large percentage of their devices. When trying to register, the app also more likely than not didn't recognize their book codes, and they all had to resort to entering their ISBN numbers instead (which added to the hassle of trying to get everyone set up). The recent updates to the Essential Elements Interactive website (like the All-Music option for recording music not found in the books, and the other updates to the assignments tab) haven't been rolled over into this app yet, which is truly a shame because they could really help me out with playing quizzes and other assessments (not all my students have access to a private internet-connected computer at home with a mic.)
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the well thought out review. You were correct on so many points. We have just released an update that addresses these concerns. Give it a try and if it works for you, would you consider revising your review and rating? Thanks!
Not as Functional as I'd Hoped
The sound from this app will not connect to my Bluetooth. It will only allow the sound to come out of my phone. All other apps are playing through my Bluetooth, so I know this is not a problem with my devices.
My Bluetooth devices allow me to hear things much better. It is less than ideal to have the sound only go through the phone.
Also, it is frustrating that everytime I play a new song, I have to readjust the app to play the melody. The app automatically goes to "metronome" for each new song. I already own a metronome; it is not helpful for the app to play the metronome. It is more helpful to hear the melody, especially on a fretless, stringed instrument where one is trying to train one's ears. Can you please allow us to change the default of our practice settings? I think it would be far more helpful if I could just play the next song in a functional way without having to change the settings each time.
Lastly, it would be great if there was a "next" button so that students could easily move on to practice the next song without having to scroll down each time.
Sometimes I feel I spend more time fighting with the app than I get to spend playing my instrument. I think this could be designed to be more seamless.
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- Hal Leonard Corp.
- 28.6 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
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