A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to identify and sort music clips according to five criteria: pitch, tempo, intensity, timbre, and harmony. They'll also gain familiarity with a range of classical music compositions.
Ease of Play
Some controls are slow to respond or tough to get a handle on. Young kids may need some help learning when to tap, when to drag, and when to wait for the app to respond.
Products & Purchases
The free version offers limited content. Unlock the rest of the games by making an in-app purchase. The parent section includes links to Apple Music and Spotify where parents can access the music used in the app.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Beautiful graphics, well-curated classical music, and an intriguing concept crash inharmoniously with a disappointingly repetitive user experience. There was clearly a lot of effort behind designing a visually pleasing and engaging, colorful world with inviting animal characters. Ditto for the collection of classical music clips that draw mostly from well-known compositions and clearly demonstrate the relevant musical concepts. With five music topics, Mazaam - The Musical Genius also stands out for including concepts that go beyond fast/slow or high/low. That's what makes it so disappointing that the actual games that kids play have them doing essentially the same thing, over and over again. The only slight difference in task is locked until pass through all the repetitions of the sorting task, but it's still the same across all five musical concepts. This app would be so much better with some variety and creativity in the way that kids interact with the app and the music. Though repetition is an important part of early learning, more ways to interact with the concepts would be great. The AR game is fun and does provide a little relief from the monotony of the rest of the app. The developers also try to make a case for some amazingly far-reaching benefits of musical education. Though there's research that supports the idea that musical fluency can have positive effects on other areas, it's not at all clear that this app can do the trick. Ultimately, Mazaam - The Musical Genius is a wonderful introduction to classical music and musical concepts but could use a bit more variety.
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