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Awesome Xylophone




Little musicians tap out tunes on simple app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Simply tap on the notes marked C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-D-E (or touch two or more at once and play a chord) and the on-screen wooden mallets move to tap the bars and make the corresponding sounds.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Ads appear at the bottom of the screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Awesome Xylophone is about as basic as an app can get. You and your child can tap out a tune like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" or "Happy Birthday," or make up a song together and have a music lesson in the process. Ads appear constantly at the bottom of the screen on the free version.  

What kids can learn



  • rhythm
  • music


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships


  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support


Xylophones are fun for kids; for toddlers and preschoolers, just hearing the pretty, varied sounds as they tap on the mallets may be encouragement enough to keep playing and learning.

Learning Approach

The app would get a boost from more opportunities for guided exercises and personal reflection -- including features that allow kids to copy pre-recorded tunes and rhythms or replay their own songs. 


The app is very easy for young kids to use, so detailed tutorials aren't needed.

What kids can learn



  • rhythm
  • music


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships


  • listening

Kids can learn basic notes and tones on the musical scale and maybe play simple tunes, depending on their age and music know-how. If a parent or teacher taps out a little tune, Awesome Xylophone can also help very young kids practice listening, as well as help them build the concept of part-whole relationships; for example, kids can learn individual notes played together make the song Twinkle "Twinkle Little Star." Kids can also learn about rhythm as they tap out different beats. Awesome Xylophone is a simple app that provides an easy and fun way for very little kids to play around with sounds.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

The rainbow-colored xylophone bars on AWESOME XYLOPHONE fill the entire screen. Other than that, there's just room for a pair of wooden mallets that sit in the corner awaiting kids' fingers to tap and move them onto the xylophone bars. There's also a feature on the paid version that can zoom the screen in on a specific part of the xylophone for more focus.

Is it any good?


No bells and whistles here: Awesome Xylophone is just about tapping tunes on this music app's colorful xylophone bars. This is a fun tool for younger kids to play around on and learn the names and tones of notes. All the child has to do is touch one of the eight bars on the screen, and a mallet drops down on it to make the sound. What's missing: the capability to save and play back songs, or to follow along with popular kids' songs by tapping highlighted notes. But it's still a solid choice for a simple music app.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage your kids to sing the letter of the note when they play it to promote memorization.

  • Tap a simple rhythm on the bars and see if your kids can follow it. Continue to build in complexity as long as it's fun for them.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:August 1, 2011
Size:1.50 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Learning ratings

  • 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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