A US university is teaching a course in iPad music-making

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iPad for extra credit? Yes, please! The University of Nebraska-Lincoln teaches a course on making music with iPad.
iPad for extra credit? Yes please!
Screenshot: Michael Reinmiller

The iPad is great for playing around and making music, but can it be a serious music tool as well? According to a course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it sure can.

The university’s “Creating with the iPad MUSC 198” course covers digital music production with a particular focus on Apple’s tablet. Because you don’t win friends with salad you can’t make music with a Surface, obvs! Check out a video preview of the course.

As they’ve gotten more powerful and capable, Apple’s mobile devices have increasingly become useful as pro-level tools. Films shot on the iPhone have made it to theaters and even won prestigious art prizes.

It’s therefore little surprise to find that the iPad is also being used as an industry tool. That’s only likely to increase in the years to come. As more students than ever arrive at university, having used iPads in the classroom since kindergarten, there will be more demand for courses like this.

With that being said, not everyone is convinced the iPad is the perfect music-making device. My colleague, former iPad true believer Charlie Sorrel, recently published a post saying that the experience of creating music on an iPad had driven him back to the Mac.

I expect he wouldn’t find himself too welcome on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus with those views.