What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
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.
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'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.