A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn the names and sounds of instruments typically used in jazz music (including instruments from the woodwind, brass, percussion, and string sections) and can get a taste of how jazz music works: Some instruments might keep a steady beat for the song while others might play one at a time to create a musical call-and-response conversation.
Ease of Play
It's not always easy to tell what you can interact with on-screen, and the main menu options aren't especially clear. Still, it's straightforward to move through the story and to tap the instruments and musicians to hear them play.
Products & Purchases
Main menu page features a rotating set of icons advertising the developer's other apps. After bypassing a limited parental control ("hold for three seconds"), the icons link directly to the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Part game and part storybook, this guided tour of jazz instruments is an engrossing, whimsical way to introduce kids to the instruments commonly used in jazz and the way they work together. The descriptions of each section of the band are especially well done: This is a music appreciation app that can help kids learn to listen critically not only for the sounds of the instruments, but also for how musicians work together. It's nice that kids can read the story on their own or hear it read aloud, and the app feels flexible and replayable, since kids can see and hear the instruments within the story, in the sandbox-style Learn section, or within the game. It would be even better if there were more opportunities for kids to hear how the instruments can work together, perhaps by letting kids hear multiple instruments at once rather than only one at a time. As it is, this is an approachable and amusing way to foster music appreciation in the youngest budding musicians.
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