Music Sparkles - All In One Musical Instruments Collection HD App Poster Image
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A simulated xylophone and drum kit, which play like the real thing, come with this great app designed to introduce young kids to instruments. It offers freestyle music making; kids also can play with prerecorded loops. The colorful interface is engaging and responsive.

Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter App Poster Image
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Kids get to experiment with music composition and learn basic elements of music, such as pitch and rhythm, with this stellar app. They can create short musical compositions by choosing different instruments and lay down tracks simply by finger-drawing on a blank canvas.

Musical Me - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
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These music-based mini-games expose kids to music, rhythm, and matching. They allow kids to play around with pitch, rhythm, and instrumentation and are visually appealing and short, so kids won't get bored. Two of the three activities offer three levels of difficulty.

Peg + Cat Big Gig App Poster Image
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Music is used to teach math concepts, with all directions spoken by Peg or Cat; the silly characters will delight preschoolers. Plenty of freedom for kids to create their own songs and dances. Included songs aren't traditional, but they'll be familiar to fans of the show.

Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Monsterpiece Game Poster Image
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In this adventure game, Elmo and Abby Cadabby introduce kids to the basics of making music, including rhythm, pitch, and musical instruments. The games are perfect for preschoolers, and the characters do a nice job of integrating musical facts into their casual conversation.

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Encourage kids to listen for music around them. Where do you hear music and what styles you hear in different locations? Does music help set a mood?