Parents' Guide to

Note Fighter

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Small screen limits piano practice with classical gems.

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While this is a great concept for introducing kids to classical music, there isn't quite enough detail to help kids learn to read music and get a feel for playing these songs. Specifically, most of these songs can't easily be played in just one octave: As it is, you find yourself jumping from one end of the on-screen keyboard to the other in a way that's not intuitive and doesn't represent what's written in the musical notation. Unfortunately, all of that jumping around makes some of these songs especially hard to play, which might reinforce kids' perception that classical music isn't accessible and isn't for them. In general, Note Fighter feels more like Guitar Hero than a piano practice app: You're more likely to learn how to use the twelve "keys" on screen as buttons for winning the game rather than as keys that match the notes on screen. The design is fun, for sure since it's amusing to watch your steampunk conductor Steamy tap out the notes on screen as you tap them out on the keyboard. Still, look elsewhere for an app that gives kids an easier-to-use, more rewarding way to learn to play classical music. 

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