This award-winning musical experience teaches notes, rhythm and pitch. Listen to notes, copy patterns and learn to recognize pitches; Learn about rhythm, short and long notes; Play with a drum, cymbals, triangle, maracas or egg shaker; Learn to read music and create songs by moving notes on a staff; Listen to children’s songs featuring the violin and cello. AWARDS: Parents’ Choice Gold Award; Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award. AGES: 2-6.
CATEGORY: Nursery Rhymes
- MEMORY: Listen to the notes and copy the pattern. Train your ear to hear different pitches
- RHYTHM: Touch the birds to play a song. Learn about rhythm, and short and long notes
- DANCE: Tap, drag or hold the monsters to make them dance to the beat
- INSTRUMENTS: Play along with a drum, cymbals, triangle, maracas, egg shaker or duck
- NOTES: Learn to read notes and create your own music by moving notes on a staff
Popular children’s songs recorded especially for this app with voice, cello and violin include:
- Yankee Doodle
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- The Muffin Man
- Pop Goes the Weasel
- Skip to My Lou
- She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain
- The Farmer in the Dell
Instrumental versions of the following songs are featured in the Rhythm and Notes activities:
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Wheels on the Bus
- Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Old MacDonald
- Happy Birthday
- Row Your Boat
- Five Little Ducks
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Helped develop absolute pitch
Our toddler had this app on her iPad for a long time and would occasionally play with it. It has a part where fish sing a song that goes do-do-sol-sol in a C major scale. You can also move the notes and it will sing the new note. Our child learned to sing do-do-sol-sol and she always sings it with the do being right on the C without being given the starting note. I believe her early exposure to this app helped her associate a name with certain pitches so they got fixed in her head when she was young - a skill that's very hard to develop in adulthood. I highly recommend getting your child this app as early as possible!
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.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.