Vanido - Your personal singing coach

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Singing game has potential, limited guidance.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic singing techniques, such as how to match pitch and how to sing a series of intervals in one key and then in the next, see how high or low they're singing, and learn to be more attentive to controlling their voice's pitch. Kids can also start to get a sense of how important daily practice is as they see their scores increase. There are some references to musical vocabulary in the names of the exercises -- such as chest voice and head voice -- but there isn't any explicit instruction about what those two techniques are or how to approach the exercises differently. 

Ease of Play

While it's easy to set your vocal range, it can be tricky to get the hang of the skips and leaps between notes. The exercises feel more like guesswork than purposeful practice.

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You're invited to rate it on the App Store pretty frequently, but there aren't any ads within the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vanido - Your personal singing coach is an app for honing your singing skills. The app features a series of exercises where users work to earn high scores by accurately singing to match the notes on-screen. So far, only a few exercises are available, but the developer indicates that they'll release more exercises with each update. You'll have to use headphones and enable the device's microphone to use the app. 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?

VANIDO - YOUR PERSONAL SINGING COACH is intended to help people improve their vocal music skills. Once you establish your vocal range by singing notes from low to high, you can choose from four types of exercises: foundations, head voice, chest voice, and agility. You can try up to three exercises per day, and additional exercises are in development. You earn high scores for how accurately you sing each exercise, and the app tracks your accuracy and practice time each time you use it. 

Is it any good?

While it features a cool concept, its gameplay feels more like Guitar Hero than a serious tool for developing musical skills. The colorful interface is appealing, but it's hard to be intentional about singing the right notes. It eventually becomes clear that exercises involve repeating the same phrase as you move up the scale, but it's hard to tell how large the intervals are between notes. Also, although the exercises' names relate to key singing concepts -- such as head voice and agility -- there isn't clear instruction within the app to help you understand the techniques you might use to approach those exercises. As it is, there's very little guidance to help you understand how to score well and how you might do better the next time. Overall, Vanido - Your personal singing coach has a neat concept and great potential, but there's not quite enough information here to really help people learn good singing techniques -- or to feel like an especially rewarding game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they might use Vanido - Your personal singing coach to structure their practice time. Talk about how the exercises might connect to the skills that music students might learn in choir or voice lessons. 

  • Talk about how reading musical notes in this app or in a game like Guitar Hero is different from reading more traditionally written music. Is this format easier or harder? Why?

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