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What's it about?
MUSSILA begins simply: A young girl waves at the user and then hides behind some brushes and starts playing an instrument. Two pictures of instruments appear on the bottom of the screen. Is she playing a banjo? A marimba? A flute? Choose well and you'll progress on that level. Answer incorrectly and she'll let you know. You'll need to choose correctly a handful of times before moving to the next level. At the end of five levels, you'll have the chance to jam with the Mussila band. Give each band member an instrument to play. You can even join in by tapping a band member and bringing up an on-screen piano keyboard to play along. The activities continue like this, but with other music education questions and increasing difficulty. A harder level may require kids to choose from three or four possible instruments, or identify two or more instruments that are played at the same time. Other activities include identifying the line of music that matches a percussion beat, identifying the line of music that's being played, and repeating a line of music on the on-screen keyboard (sort of like a musical memory game). There's also an area for dressing up band members in costumes that you can unlock with stars you earn for completing levels. Five adventure games also offer their own musical approaches.
Is it any good?
With this cool music app, you start out trying to identify whether you're listening to a harp or a guitar and then suddenly you find yourself playing "Greensleeves" on a piano. Mussila sneaks up on you with a progressive musical education. It's fun and kind of silly and weirdly addictive. Kids will do best if they have a very basic understanding of different musical instruments and notes (i.e., a whole note vs. a rest); otherwise, they'll need a bit more patience getting started. It would be helpful to have an in-game glossary of instruments and notes so that kids could not only pair the picture of a marimba with marimba music, but also be able to name the instrument. That's really the biggest complaint, however. Though this clever app won't replace music lessons, it's an engaging way to support them.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Arts: music
- Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge, imagination
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, persevering
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 4, 2017
- Category: Music Games
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 304.00 MB
- Publisher: Rosamo
- Version: 1.03
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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