Musical Me - by Duck Duck Moose

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Kids pick up knowledge about tone and rhythm as they play.

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Educational value

Kids can learn some of the basics of music, including rhythm, notes, and instruments as they play along to familiar tunes like "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," and "Pop Goes the Weasel." Music engages many parts of the brain, and through playing with rhythm, memory, and notes, kids can develop critical thinking skills and sharpen memorization skills. Musical Me by Duck Duck Moose is an engaging app that offers kids a variety of ways to make and experience music while boosting their critical-thinking skills.

Ease of play

The app is quite simple to use. Most of the mini-games are self-explanatory, but pre-readers may need parents to give them instructions the first time around. There are three difficulty levels, the lowest of which is easy enough for 3-year-olds.

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A button from the main screen leads you to the other apps by Duck Duck Moose in the iTunes store.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Musical Me - by Duck Duck Moose is a selection of music-based mini-games that allow kids to play around with pitch, rhythm, and instrumentation. One game lets kids tap out the melody to a classic tune on flying birds; whichever bird is tapped will play the next note in the song, allowing kids to learn the rhythm without worrying about hitting an incorrect key. A more advanced mini-game lets kids rearrange the notes on a staff to create their own 8-note tunes. Be aware that formal instruction is not the app's intent, though.

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What's it about?

In MUSICAL ME - BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE, kids make music. A mouse leads them through scenes with different musical activities. Kids can make monsters dance by tapping and dragging them to the beat. They can practice rhythm by tapping flying birds in a rhythm to play the notes of a popular tune. They can copy patterns, hearing different do-re-mi notes, and they can play on different instruments, like a drum, cymbals, maracas, and a duck. And kids can even compose their own music by moving around notes on a staff.

Is it any good?

The visuals in Musical Me by Duck Duck Moose are lively and colorful (and should be easily recognizable by anyone who has seen other apps by this developer), and the simple, easy interface should allow preschoolers -- and even some toddlers -- to have fun without frustration. The mini-games you'll find here are a nice mix of virtual toys (like one where you play percussion instruments along with a song), creative workshop (like the customizable tune-building musical staff), and genuine games (like the Simon-Says-style memory challenge). All the hidden little animation bits are just icing on the cake.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Sing along with kids to the tunes from the app.

  • Listen to a variety of music with your kids. Stretch beyond kiddie tunes and your personal favorites to explore new genres together.

  • Make music together, even with pots and pans and wooden spoons.

App details

For kids who love learning games

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