Convert keyboard into instrument; simple tunes work best.
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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Arts: music, rhythm
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 16, 2018
- Category: Music
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Publisher: Musitude
- Version: 1.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.4 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: October 12, 2018
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