Melody Jams

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Choose an instrument and join the band in sweet music-maker.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn a little about music and express their creativity. They'll learn the sounds different instruments make and how those sounds affect music. They'll see how the instruments are played and get to play along on the drums, piano, and keyboard. The names of the instruments aren't included, and the music is always harmonious, so kids will get a sense of how sounds fit together more than how to play an instrument. Melody Jams lets kids see how different parts of a band fit together to make music and invites them to play along.

Ease of Play

No wrong way to play. Just drag characters onto stage, and the music plays.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

One music scene is included. Others require in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Melody Jams is a toddler-friendly music-making game. There's no wrong way to play, and there are no sharing options, so kids can tap and explore on their own. The free download includes one music scene -- in a garage. Other scenes are available as in-app purchases. No personal information is requested, and only anonymous usage data is collected. Full details can be found in the privacy policy.

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What's it about?

MELODY JAMS lets kids choose the band members, dragging them onto the set. Once in place, they start playing and kids can switch them out with other monster musicians as often as they want. Each monster has its own instrument, personality, and fun animations. Kids can also choose to join the band, playing the xylophone, drums, or piano. If kids want to continue the fun, parents can buy other scenes via in-app purchases.

Is it any good?

Toddlers and preschoolers will love joining a garage band made of adorable monsters. Since all the instruments are tuned to fit harmoniously with the others, there's no way to hit a wrong note, and the music is bouncy and sweet. Beyond playing around with the different instruments and changing up the band members, there's nothing more to do without purchasing other scenes -- and at the time of review, there's only one other scene available. More are coming soon, and if a few of those are included for one in-app purchase, kids will really have some fun jamming. For some added fun, check out the band member bios on the Melody Jams website.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen use and find ways to take the fun offscreen. Make homemade instruments from plastic eggs filled with rice, empty oatmeal canisters, and other recycled materials and jam together as a band.

  • Talk about your favorite instruments and how different instruments change the sound of the songs. Since this app makes it easy to create harmonious sounds, try playing together with real instruments (homemade or otherwise) and see if it's as easy.

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