A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Professional musician Frederic Chiu talks to kids about playing baseball as well as practicing music.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that since some of the games and activities in this software ask kids to look at musical scores, this software is best used by kids who have had some musical instruction. This is an unusual title because it makes the esoteric topic of musical expression understandable to kids. This software starts kids on the melodic path of creativity by introducing them to musical expression through games.
Is It Any Good?
This software works well because it cleverly breaks the subject of musical expression into small interactive elements. It builds on kids' knowledge of reading musical scores to show them how the use of tempo, loudness, and other musical attitudes can affect an audience's response to music. By exploring Playing Music, kids learn to listen carefully to music and to register their own emotional reactions to changes in the way music is presented. Perhaps by teaching kids the subtleties of musical expression, they will also come to appreciate that all communication, not just music, has similar nuances.
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