My First Classical Music App HD
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My First Classical Music App HD is an interactive introduction to classical music aimed for kids 5 years and older. It is based on the book by the same name and features more than 40 well-known classical music pieces. Parents can find a link to purchase the soundtrack from iTunes.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- reading comprehension
- historical figures
- cultural understanding
Thinking & Reasoning
- combining knowledge
- identifying emotions
- multiple forms of expression
Engagement, Approach, Support
The at-times daunting world of classical music is now approachable, thanks to lively illustrations, kid-friendly text and voice-over, and guided listening samples of popular classical pieces.
Designed like an interactive book, the app encourages self-directed exploration. It features eight composers and all orchestral instruments through interesting facts, illustrations, listening questions, and audio samples.
Information is easy to find through a central, well-organized table of contents. There's voice-over narration throughout the app, so kids can both hear and read text. Guided listening text and high-quality audio samples tune kids in.
What's it about?
The app is based on the book by the same name and is presented as such -- kids flip through pages or navigate to specific pages or sections from a well-organized Table of Contents. Kids can read along with the text or tap it to have it read out loud by a narrator. Every instrument of the orchestra is demonstrated and nearly every page has a high-quality audio sample with guided questions and "Listen for" tips.
Is it any good?
Developed by well-known classical music label Naxos, MY FIRST CLASSICAL MUSIC APP takes a modern, interesting, and relevant approach to teaching about classical music that kids and grown-ups will truly enjoy. Each page is packed with lively illustrations, information, guided listening questions, and fun facts (like how Mozart was afraid of the trumpet when he was a little boy) -- with over 40 high-quality classical music samples to explore.
Kids learn about eight classical composers (spanning the 18th to 21st centuries) and 18 instruments featured in a the symphonic orchestra. The app also underscores how classical music is found in many places outside of concert halls -- like in movies and TV, and at weddings and dances -- and is actually part of everyday life. This is a much more engaging introduction to a musical genre that's typically presented as a stuffy laundry-list of names and dates. Still, the app (and its soundtrack) would benefit from showcasing women and and non-European composers.
Families can talk about...
Listen to music around you. Where do you hear music and what styles you hear in different locations? Does music help set a mood?
Talk about how music evolves over time. Early classical music adhered to specific, sometimes strict rules. Later, music broke from these constraints yielding new musical styles. Can you hear these differences?