iTooch Music

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Explore the world of music through fun but serious quizzes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic information about instruments and musical notation and proceed to more complex lessons about music theory and music history. There's great information here about traditional music from around the world and a deep exploration of the American jazz music tradition. Kids also can explore extensive listening exercises to learn about rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and solfège. iTooch Music gives kids a solid foundation as they begin their musical educations. 

Ease of Play

Lessons, practice questions, and quizzes are easy to browse and navigate. The audio features can be a little inconsistent, requiring a lighter tap to play and pause than you might expect.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iTooch Music is an app for learning about music theory and history from around the world. Kids explore four in-depth units about music theory, history, and culture with the guidance of a charming cartoon avatar who cheers their successes and cringes at their mistakes. 

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What's it about?

ITOOCH MUSIC is a quiz and reference app that explores the world of playing and studying music. Kids can explore detailed lessons about music basics, theory, cultures, styles, and history, and they can take quizzes that test their knowledge. There are listening exercises, fill-in-the-blank questions, and lots of multiple-choice questions that feature text, audio clips, and images. Users level up to increasingly more colorful martial-arts-style belts as they complete quizzes and earn points. Each unit ends with a longer review quiz to test kids' knowledge and reinforce what they've learned.

Is it any good?

From in-depth lessons about world music and music history to detailed explorations of music theory, there's a ton of great information here. This app could be a great introduction to music history for a middle school student or a good way to reinforce basic music theory topics for a younger student beginning music study. Although the visual style is cute, and the animated character is charming, there's real depth and serious content here, making this a great tool for kids of many ages and ability levels.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music. Play some of your favorite songs for your kids, and they can do the same for you. Then talk about what you like and don't like about certain music.

  • How does music from different cultures around the world sound different? What kinds of instruments do people use in different musical traditions?

  • Talk about how musical styles change over time. For example, how is music in the baroque period and the romantic period the same or different? What other musical styles or time periods sound the same or different?

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