DoReMi 1-2-3: Music for Kids - A Fingerprint Network App
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DoReMi 1-2-3: Music for Kids is a music-making and tone-training app that's part of the Fingerprint Digital Network of apps. Kids can choose from music-related activities, such as creating their own music or learning to play popular kids' songs, such as Mary Had a Little Lamb. Parents can create an account to receive details about which apps in the network their kids are playing and what they're learning in those apps. Kids can connect with friends online in a social network designed for younger kids, where they can play games together and post to a wall. Kids have to choose nonpersonal usernames from the lists, and no personal information is collected from kids.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- applying information
- producing new content
Engagement, Approach, Support
Most kids will find a few familiar favorites on the song list, and it's just plain fun to make music with the different characters.
As kids repeat small sections of songs, they can build their musical ears. The small chunks may not result in memorized songs, but the goal is developing an ear.
Though challenging, the interface is easy to use. Once kids have mastered a song, it remains unlocked. If parents register with the Fingerprint Network, they can receive emailed reports of their kids' play and progress.
What's it about?
Kids can create their own music or learn to play kids' songs. If they want to make their own music, kids pick the background, choose a character, and then play with notes ("Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do"), numbers, or colors of the rainbow. In song mode, kids choose a song and then hear a short segment of it and see which character note "speaks." Kids repeat the notes and then repeat the notes with the characters facing away to make them focus on the pitch rather than on copying which character made the sound. Good early music education.
Is it any good?
DOREMI 1-2-3: MUSIC FOR KIDS has a lively and fun design, and kids are sure to find a familiar favorite amongst the song selection, which includes Jingle Bells and The Dreidel Song. It will hold kids interest across a span of years. Preschoolers will have fun exploring notes and the preschool skills available in the free-play mode. Older kids (and adults) can challenge their ears and their memory learning to play the songs. The preschool free-play segment doesn't reflect the challenge of the main part of the play, which is really challenging fun for elementary-age kids and older.
Families can talk about...
Expose kids to a variety of music from a variety of traditions and cultures so they can develop an ear for different instruments, keys, notes, and sounds. Check out our World Music picks for ideas.
Let kids make music, from turning pots and pans into drums to clanging a cow bell or exploring a piano.