Music Sparkles - All In One Musical Instruments Collection HD
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Music Sparkles is a great freemium musical instrument app for young kids. It comes with two instruments (xylophone and drum kit) and has 12 more available with in-app upgrade. The app's designed to introduce kids to different musical instruments and offers freestyle music making with the option to play along with pre-recorded loops. What sets this app apart from others is that the simulated instruments play like the real thing. The colorful and engaging interface is well designed and very responsive for kids of any age and ability.
What kids can learn
- improvising and music analysis
- making new creations
- multiple forms of expression
Engagement, Approach, Support
Provides kids a rich and interactive musical experience, with instruments that play like the real thing. The interface is colorful and sound quality is excellent. The app's free version is limited, but kids can still jam with it.
Identify and perform along with a variety of musical instruments. Hone listening skills with 8-note musical scales. There's no in-app instruction or feedback (only troubleshooting) so kids explore freestyle music making.
Easy to use for kids of any age, language, and ability. Every instrument is pretty much tuned and plays like the real thing, except for the violin. There are no in-app instruction, however, only troubleshooting.
What's it about?
Kids choose an instrument, which fills the screen, and play it like the real thing. To make music, they touch the keys on a keyboard or the strings and fretboard of a guitar. Wind instruments aren't blown, but kids touch the part of the instrument that changes the pitch, such as the keys on a sax or the finger holes on the recorder. Kids can also choose 1 of 5 pre-recorded instrument loops to play along with, and explore a treble clef C scale with Do-Re-Mi playback. This play-along app has no recording features.
Is it any good?
MUSIC SPARKLES -- ALL IN ONE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS COLLECTION HD is a great app for creative exploration of musical instruments. The tunings of the instruments are compatible with the pre-recorded playback loops, so kids are never out of key or sound "off." But the best thing about Music Sparkles is that the instruments play like the real thing. The free version is limited but kids can still jam with it.
The musical journey really unfolds with the in-app upgrade, which is like walking into a virtual music shop with interactive acoustic and electric guitars and pianos, pipe organ, accordion, harmonica, recorder, harp, sax, panpipes, and violin. The violin interface is disappointing because it's inauthentic and tricky to play, and it'd be great if the app had more world instruments. Still, Music Sparkles shines on and provides a jam-packed, true-to-life musical experience, making it a fantastic choice for budding musicians of all ages and abilities.
Families can talk about...
Talk about the different kinds of instruments with your kids and categorize into "families." For instance, violins, cello, harp, guitar are in the string family; drums, bongos, cymbals, tambourines are in the percussion family, etc.
Listen to music with your kids and try to identify the different musical instruments in the songs.