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Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter

By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Innovative music app gets young kids composing.

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age 3+

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age 3+

fantastic visual/touch exploration of musicality and composition

This is fun for kids and adults. You can create a "score" simply by painting, which immediately gives sound. And you can play it back and scrub back and forth. So kids can quickly sketch a "shape" and see what it sounds like, change instruments, then just clear it away and try something else. you can play back either the way it's "written" or by the way you dragged your finger. You can switch between instrument sets, so hear what your shape sounds like with different instruments. Overall just a really direct fun experience of music and creation.

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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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