Parents' Guide to

Studio Island: Song Creator

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wisecracks, busy design limit starter music studio for kids.

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If you can wade past a lot of distraction, this is a neat way for kids to experiment with a simple music production tool. It's fun to drag and drop instruments into a grid and play around with sound effects. In fact, Studio Island: Song Creator is a nice first taste of how some real digital production tools work. Kids will likely find it fun to try out different instruments in different combinations. Plus, it's pretty neat to press the "stage" button and see your song played on stage by the cartoon characters.

Beyond the music studio though, there's not much to recommend this as a music education tool. The lounges and stages featuring different instruments feel a bit chaotic, and it’s hard to move systematically through them or keep track of your progress. Plus, there are some serious missed opportunities: Tapping on instruments and characters results in a series of jokes rather than meaningful information. You have to activate another icon to display pop-ups with facts about each instrument, and that pop-up includes an option to read the info aloud but doesn't include the sound of the instrument itself. The music studio itself has tons of features, but they can be tough to find and use with so much clutter on screen. Overall, the music studio is worth trying out, but look elsewhere for a more straightforward tool to help kids discover instruments, composition, and music production.

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