Musitude

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Convert keyboard into instrument; simple tunes work best.

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age 5+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize and play a variety of well-known songs. They'll practice concepts of tempo and rhythm as they tap out tunes on the keyboard on their own, with the app, or with other players. Kids won't learn to read notes, but they will experience the satisfaction of producing music.

Ease of Play

Browsing and making sounds is easy; playing the songs well is another story.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that with Musitude kids can play a variety of well-known tunes by turning your device's keyboard into a musical instrument. After downloading the app, users must register with an email address, confirm it, and then create a username and password. Once in, kids can choose from a variety of musical genres for which traditional musical notes have been turned into letters and numbers to play on a regular keyboard. At the time of this review, many genres don't have any songs uploaded yet. Sign in on any device, including a computer. Get together with friends on multiple devices to play the duets and ensemble pieces. There's a Musitude Slack community where kids can get together with other users to share experiences and play music together. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written byPoita October 15, 2018

Turns a mobile into a 'go anywhere' instrument.

I don't think this music learning game is for under 6yo but my daughter is 5 and she loves it. She can't play well but I was surprised how she patient... Continue reading

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What's it about?

To get started, create a MUSITUDE account with an email address, username, and password. Then, browse the genres such as classical, kids, national anthems, and jazz, to find a song to play. The song appears with notation showing which letters and numbers to tap on the keyboard. Adjust the tempo, listen to the song being played, or choose different instruments. Duets and ensembles can be played in whole, or by each part, which allows kids to play along. Or, get multiple people playing together to complete a multi-part song. Join the Musitude Slack community to play with other registered users.

Is it any good?

Playing popular songs just using a keyboard can be wildly satisfying for anyone even mildly interested in music. Musitide makes it relatively easy by allowing kids to skip the whole process of learning musical notation and the ins and outs of an instrument. It can be downright addictive to browse through the library and play song after song. Though while playing music with Musitude is accessible and fun, it's not quite time to abandon traditional ways of playing music. Because there's no instruction on how to read the notation, Musitude works best for simple songs or ones that kids already know. Otherwise, without understanding concepts like tempo, it's harder to make the songs sound appealing. And, any song with more than one part is a bit harder to master. At the time of review, song libraries are heavily biased towards classical music, with categories like pop and rock and roll completely empty. That said, this is a great way to introduce new music genres and get kids quickly and easily engaged with producing music.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the songs in the Musitude libraries. What songs do your kids like best and why? What songs did they know and which ones did they enjoy learning?

  • Get a few people with different devices together to make a duet or put together an orchestra. Make it a family fun music night.

  • Once kids have caught the music bug with Musitude, take it as a first step towards learning more about musical notation and playing a real musical instrument.

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