Street Music Academy - the rhythm in everything!

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Crash, tap, and boom out beats with everyday objects.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about rhythm, memorization, and making music out of everyday objects on Street Music Academy. Kids also develop hand-eye coordination as they time the movement of their fingers to the moving dots and rhythm on the screen. 

Ease of Play

May be challenging at first for some kids to get the hang of timing the dots to the gray box or for kids who struggle with hand-eye coordination. It's also not completely clear at first how to move back to the main screen when a level is complete or what instruments are coming next. A full tutorial or explainer at the start of play could help clarify.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Street Music Academy - the rhythm in everything! uses the images and sounds related to everyday objects -- hubcaps, bottles, wrenches, and the like -- to create musical sequences. The game challenges players to reproduce the rhythms they hear on the app by tapping corresponding colored dots in time. Created for kids age 9 to 11, there are three levels of play (easy, normal, and hard) that move kids into more complex rhythms. Kids can unlock a final concert at the end. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To begin STREET MUSIC ACADEMY - THE RHYTHM IN EVERYTHING!, follow the on-screen hand that guides you through a brief tutorial. Listen to the sequence, watch the colored dots that move in time across the top of the screen, and try to reproduce the sequence by tapping on the corresponding dots at the bottom of the screen in rhythm as they enter a gray box. If you don't follow it correctly, a red bar appears, and there are breaking-glass sounds. Partial success achieves a yellow bar. Full success gets a green bar, applause, and music notes that light up on the side of the screen to show how far in the level you've progressed. After a set number of rounds of correct rhythm patterning, you complete a level and view your precision percentage. Choose from various instruments, including bottles, boxes, wrenches, and more.

Is it any good?

For kids who love music and rhythm, this app will likely be a hit, but don't let the graphics fool you -- it's too challenging for little kids. Street Music Academy - the rhythm in everything! has happy, colorful graphics and animation, but they may make it look like it's for younger kids. It's actually intended for kids age 9 to 11, and with good reason -- it's challenging! Especially for kids who struggle with rhythm or whose hand-eye coordination isn’t yet developed, this may not be the ideal app to boost those skills. The yellow and red bars and the crashing sound that activate when kids mess up also seem out of synch with an encouraging learning experience. Still, overall, kids who love rhythm and enjoy a challenge will likely love this app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how memorization is important to so many skills -- math, vocabulary, spelling, and more -- including the ability to reproduce rhythms. Use Street Music Academy - the rhythm in everything! as an example of why memorization is a skill worth practicing.

  • Encourage your kid to use objects around the house to create rhythms. Make your own family jam band!

  • If your kid struggles with timing the dots just right at first and becomes frustrated or distracted by the crashing sound, encourage them to take a break and try the rhythm on a real object. Then return to the app.

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For kids who love music and creativity

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