ABC Music

Common Sense Media says

Learn ABCs by listening and seeing musical instruments.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

It is well designed for small children, with only a few different places to tap and no way to get lost or misdirected. It is very easy to get back to the ABC screen, but children can also jump to another word by tapping a letter in a word.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There is a "new" image at the very top of the alphabet which links to Peapod Labs' page on the iTunes store to purchase other apps.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ABC Music is an innovative learning app that teaches the alphabet and musical instruments. The app links to YouTube videos that are curated by the Peapod Labs staff and are chosen to be interesting and safe for kids. The app teaches the alphabet using images and videos and allows kids to jump to new words by tapping the letters.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Arts

  • music

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A fantastic app that allows kids to learn the alphabet while watching entertaining videos and exploring links. The app is self-contained and doesn't present any settings screens, making it very kid-friendly.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn about instruments from a variety of cultures by practicing their ABCs and vice versa. They can have full control of the app, so they feel empowered as they explore on their own.

Support

Links to YouTube videos are curated by Peapod Labs staff, chosen to be kid-safe and interesting. It's well designed for small children, with no way to get lost or misdirected. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Arts

  • music

Kids can learn their ABCs and the names of various instruments with ABC Music. The app has many photos of instruments, organized alphabetically. Kids will see each instrument's name and hear it pronounced. Also, when kids tap on a letter they'll hear its name. Many of the instruments also include brief facts about them, as well as curated YouTube videos of the instruments being played. Better feedback to encourage kids to continue playing would give the app a boost; a grown-up can offer support in that area if needed. ABC Music is a fun app for kids to explore while learning about musical instruments.

This Learning Rating review was written by Jonathan H. Liu

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What's it about?

Kids can learn the alphabet by tapping on letters and hearing them pronounced, and seeing words that begin with those letters. Also, they will learn about different instruments by seeing photographs and watching videos of them being played. Some instruments also have a mini-game that allows them to color the instrument with their finger; the mini-game will play back the sound of the instrument, but the child is not really playing the instrument.

Is it any good?

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ABC MUSIC is an innovative app that teaches the ABCs. The app starts with a grid showing letters of the alphabet and at least one musical instrument beginning with each letter. Tap on a letter to bring up a word starting with that letter, or tap a specific instrument name to jump to that word. Each instrument is accompanied by a photo and its name (with letters held up by little cartoon people), and a voice reads the initial letter and then the word itself. After a brief pause, another little cartoon person pops down holding a screen, which the child can tap to watch a video about that instrument.

Tapping any of the letters held by the people jumps to another word that starts with that letter, and the process repeats. Also, tapping the "abc" button jumps back to the alphabet grid, and the grayed-out squares are replaced by thumbnails of the images already viewed. It's a fantastic app that allows kids to learn the alphabet while watching entertaining videos and exploring links. The app is self-contained and doesn't present any options or settings screens, making it very kid-friendly.

Families can talk about...

  • Show kids how they can jump to another letter by tapping on any letter in an instrument's name.

  • Make music with your kid using instruments. Even young kids can play an instrument like the triangle, and have fun with a recorder. Homemade instruments work great too!

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:February 23, 2011
Category:Education
Topics:Music and sing-along
Publisher:Peapod Labs LLC
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 3 and 7 year old Written byClCu March 31, 2011
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Disappointed!

This app links to a variety of YouTube clips. We had high hopes, but no one in our family was interested - we can find our own YouTube clips! We erased it almost immediately.
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