Designed for children age 4 and up, this is a fantastic educational app that definitely deserves a spot on any parent’s iPhone and/or iPad.
Concept and Functionality:
While there is almost never a shortage of educational apps that teach children basic skills such as reading, writing, and counting, one important subject that is sometimes overlooked is music.
As someone who is deeply involved with music, I really enjoy seeing apps on the App Store that allow kids to feed their inner musician. Music4Kids does just that by not only allowing kids to create their own music, but by also challenging them.
Music4Kids features a sleek design that’s definitely easy on the eyes and a pleasure to navigate.
The app doesn’t have any confusing menus, making it very simple for young children to use. To play, all a child has to do is choose whether they want to create their own song or complete musical challenges.
There are five different worlds to play in, each having its own animal theme. Writing a song from scratch is as easy as tapping on the musical staff to place notes.
Musical challenges require children to place notes on the staff in the exact order that they were played by the computer. Successfully completing a challenge will unlock the next one.
Whether you’d like your child to freestyle with music or complete challenges, Music4Kids is definitely a great app.
While it certainly won’t replace one-on-one instruction, the app is great for kids who show an interest in music and would like to create their own songs while learning how to recognize note sounds and notation.
Music4Kids goes quite a bit beyond simple notation by allowing children to change note types simply by holding down on them. Kids can also move notes around on on the staff.
As I mentioned before, the app is incredibly intuitive, and kids shouldn’t have any problems experimenting with Music4Kids to create their own songs. Lastly, children can choose between the sound of a piano or music box.
The only feature I found to be missing is a way for children to hear the name of the note they’re playing. What I mean by that is the possibility of a narrative voice feature that says the name of the note when played or placed on the staff.
This way children can learn to associate notes with their names. Even though the name of the note shows on the screen, it would also be great to have this feature in order to further reinforce note names.
Music4Kids is available to download from the App Store for $2.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.
Overall, this is a great way for kids to learn how to recognize notes, create their own songs, and complete music challenges while having fun!
Music4Kids requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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