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Ratings and Reviews
Engaging music concepts, but with distractions
Musical Me has really clever ways of getting kids to engage with music beyond just listening. The app has age appropriate games to teach kids about rhythm, musical notation, and music memory. Also, the instrument sounds it produces are really pleasing, as is the singing voice. My wife and I were able to listen to the nursery rhymes dozens of times without getting tired (keep reading to learn why we were forced to).
There are a few problems though. First is that the game makers decided to add in distractions. In the memory game, a cow randomly appears. It serves no purpose in the learning, and it is no more fun to click the cow than it is to play the memory game. Nearly every game in this app has a built-in distraction that (at least for my 2-year-old) prevents full engagement with the more valuable learning elements.
The second problem is that the skill level selection isn't hidden behind a parental control. Kids can just choose their own skill level, including one that isn't appropriate, decreasing their enjoyment.
The third problem is primarily frustrating for parents (or whoever is managing the iPad). The music in the app continues, even when the iPad goes to sleep. I'm no iExpert, but that seems to break with iConvention, at least for kids apps. So we've listened to that wonderful singer's rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" far more than necessary.
As a Music Educator, I got this to give my daughter something to do on my iPad related to music instruction. The only thing worth while in this app is the moveable pitch notation. The rest is not really worth having for me. I gave it three stars because I do like it, but it's not instructionally valuable in the way that I hoped it would be as a digital item. Did you talk to professional elementary Music teachers? We'll tell you what you need to know to make it instructionally valuable. If you really get it right, it may even make our "at-school use" list.
I wish the drums in the background of the solfege section were gone. They are distracting!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.