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A Jazzy Day - Music Education

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Jazz it up and explore instruments working together.

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Educational Value

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. 

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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. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Jazzy Day - Music Education is an interactive storybook and game that introduces kids to jazz music and big band instruments. It's not always clear what on-screen elements are interactive, so some kids may need some help. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In A JAZZY DAY - MUSIC EDUCATION, kids can read an interactive storybook that follows two kittens as they spend the day with a big band orchestra. The story explores the instruments in jazz bands and how they work together to create a distinctive sound. Within the story, kids can tap musicians and instruments to move them and hear them play. Elsewhere in the app, kids can tap pictures of various big band instruments to hear how they sound, and a brief game invites kids to identify instruments that they see and hear. 

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kind of music they enjoy in A Jazzy Day - Music Education and offscreen. Which instruments are their favorites? What do they like about those instruments? If they could play an instrument, what would they like to play? Why? 

  • Help kids start to become critical listeners: As you listen to music together, ask what instruments your kids hear. What instruments do they hear in different songs? How do the instruments they hear set the mood for a song? How do they help tell a story? 

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