Many of my students are lucky enough to own an iPad and we increasingly use these in lessons instead of carrying around lots of heavy books. There is a great new app from Sheet Music Direct that gives you access to thousands of scores.
You can rehearse your scores by slowing down playback, using the in-built metronome or muting other parts so you can feel like part of the band.
For those of you that work with singers or may want to sing along with a piece you are playing, you can transpose scores to a different key, change instrument or note size — and, of course, you can revert back to your original settings anytime.
The most requested song of the week by our students is Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball! The piano part is of moderate difficulty, around Grade 4 and it can be downloaded now for PVG (Piano, Vocal, Guitar) although it works effectively on the piano alone.