Parents' Guide to

Tiny Orchestra

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Build a band, spot sounds in quirky intro to instruments.

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With a whimsical visual style and some quirky sounds (accordions, anyone?), these basic activities are an amusing introduction to 18 common wind, string, and percussion instruments. It's charming to build your own band and hear how the pre-set song changes as you add and subtract different instruments, and the listening game is an approachable way to start understanding the different sounds that different instruments make. That being said, there's not a lot of guidance to help kids keep track of what they do in Tiny Orchestra: The section where they browse instruments just states the instrument's name and plays a few notes, and there's no way to track their progress in the listening game or share an image or recording of the ensemble they build on the bandstand. Also, there's a nice mix of traditional orchestral instruments (like a violin and flute), contemporary music instruments (like a bass guitar and drums), and more eclectic instruments (like a balalaika and bagpipes), but there's not much diversity among the people playing the instruments, who mostly look white and male. Overall, this is a neat way for kids to explore the sounds and shapes of various instruments for the first time, and it could be a nice way to get kids excited about playing their own real-life instruments and composing their own songs.

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