Chromatik

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Organize, annotate, record, and share sheet music online.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to amp up their music practice by organizing everything in one place. They'll get social by sharing recordings with peers and teachers, and accept feedback that'll help them improve skills. Recording a practice session will help kids assess their own performance and figure out where to make changes; and when they get it perfect, there's proof! Chromatik is a place kids can learn to persevere, committing to their music practice in a fun, interactive way.

Positive Messages

Chromatik gives kids autonomy over their music practice; getting to socialize with friends and teachers about what they're working on is empowering and adds fun to a sometimes boring after-school chore.

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In the Chromatik Store, you can purchase sheet music for your chosen instrument from popular artists like Taylor Swift to Mancini classics, for about $1.99 each.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chromatik is a site where kids can upload, annotate, and share sheet music. It can also be a way to make the instrument practice experience more fun and organized for kids. The social component of the site has strong privacy protections that allow kids to connect with their peers and trusted teachers. They can discuss music, share recordings, get feedback, and more. The site's Terms of Use state Chromatik is for users 13 and older.

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Adult Written byarrick f. January 14, 2017

deceptive and anti-consumer

I was a previous user of this service until they went for a paid service model which I would have been fine with if they did not go and market this service with... Continue reading

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What's it about?

When you sign up, you'll first choose an instrument (they've got everything from guitar to oboe, but no ukulele!). At the user dashboard, CHROMATIK starts you off with a few free sample pieces of music for your instrument of choice. You can scan and upload any sheet music, add it to a Playlist, then click on it. It'll pop up large and clear on the screen, and you can play along, recording if you like, then send that recording to friends or teachers. They can annotate it, adding text or highlighting sections, and send it back with that feedback included. Kids can also purchase sheet music on Chromatik; they've got a selection of classics as well as some fun modern choices priced from free to $1.99.

Is it any good?

For kids who don't want to fuss with old-fashioned paper sheet music anymore, Chromatik could be just the thing. It's pretty basic (you upload music, record yourself playing it, then share with others), but good for serious music students who need to get organized. It all depends on how motivated your kids are; if you have to push them to practice, you may have to give some extra guidance to start them uploading sheet music into Chromatik. But once they get going, it could be a great motivator, and at worst, all those scattered papers will at least get organized online. It also has some fun perks (that you have to pay for, of course); after practicing Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, your kid could reward themselves with a download of the sheet music to a Bruno Mars or Rihanna tune. However, once you've logged into the site, it's hard to find any help if you get confused.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Whether your kid is first chair clarinet or a beginning violinist, they'll always benefit from seeing their instrument performed live. Check local listings for free events (summer concerts in the park are always fun) or splurge on a night at the symphony.

  • Since Chromatik lets kids record their practices, email a successful round to relatives. They'll love to hear kids' progress and hopefully will encourage further musical interest.

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