Are iPad Orchestras In Play?

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What do you think about iPads as instruments? A few months ago the pianist Lang Lang came to our studio and played Flight of the Bumblebee on one. That's possible because of a three-dollar application that simulates a keyboard. Now there is an app that simulates the violin.

The notion of iPads as instruments raises many questions. They could be a gateway to the learning a real instrument. Students could both practice and do their homework on them. And maybe they'll even be used in concerts, replacing authentic instruments. After all, isn't music about sound and how it affects the listener as opposed to how that sound is produced? What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments box below.