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Kids can learn basic elements of music and composition including pitch, rhythm, and instrument sounds. This music app for young kids encourages experimentation and play with its visual music canvas and intuitive design. A selection of instruments from around the world gives kids an introduction to the music of other cultures. Kids also get a taste of the basic structure of written music; pitch changes depend on position, instruments are represented by different colors, and the piece plays from left to right. Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter is a rare accomplishment: an innovative music creation tool that teaches early composition skills.
Ease of Play
The app is extremely intuitive, so even if kids don't understand all the controls at first, they will quickly figure out the basics. Parents may need to help young kids in the beginning. The opening screen provides text instructions for parents with labels for all of the buttons.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter is a stellar music app that gives young kids the rare opportunity to experiment with music composition. The app's creators compare the experience to finger painting in the way young kids explore visual art creation with no formal training in art; here, kids can create short musical compositions, choosing different instruments and laying down tracks by simply finger drawing on a blank canvas. A little guidance from parents will get young kids composing in no time.
Is It Any Good?
MORTON SUBOTNICK'S PITCH PAINTER allows young kids with no formal music training to experiment with musical creativity and composition. The ingenious interface is a perfect creative activity for young kids, who will love seeing and hearing the music they create. Additionally, with its musical canvas grid, the app introduces kids to the basic structure of written music in a concrete and visual way.
Keep in mind that Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter is designed for young kids, and the limitations of the app reflect that fact. Older kids and adults will likely crave the ability to compose longer pieces or use more than three instruments in compositions. Inspiring a desire to create music seems like less of a complaint and more like a testament to this app's brilliance. Don't miss this one.
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