Parents' Guide to

Piano Free with Songs

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

While not perfect, it's a free and feature-rich simulator.

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There's no shortage of piano-based iPad apps in the App Store, but PIANO FREE WITH SONGS packs a lot of fun into the free download. Using your fingertips, play on a realistic-sounding piano on one (1.5-octave) row of keys or two (one on top of another). You can even press on the pedal tab to sustain the note or chord. This app offers a few bells and whistles, including adjustable height and width for the black and white keys; the option to see the note and octave info displayed on each key; a built-in metronome to keep time (with selectable speed and volume); and as the name of the app suggests, it includes free songs to learn: "Happy Birthday to You," "Jingle Bells" and "When the Saints Go Marching In." It's also possible to unlock an additional free song. Follow along with falling notes or animated sheet music. It's not perfect -- you can't record your music, change the sound of the piano, or receive a score based on your performance – but hey, it's free, fun, and full of other features.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 11, 2012
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Better Day Wireless
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 23, 2016

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