Chromatik

Common Sense Media says

Organize, annotate, record, and share sheet music online.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

It's pretty safe, with a number of privacy settings that allow kids to connect only with peers and trusted teachers. There's a chat function so kids can talk about recordings with each other, but it's all invite-only, and there don't seem to be any opportunities to meet strangers here.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • singing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • memorization
  • strategy

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Being able to share recordings with friends and teachers is awesome! Kids will love this opportunity, and while sheet music isn't all that fun on its own, it's nice to organize it online. The site's design is tidy and plain.

Learning Approach

Kids can really get social here -- sharing recordings, commenting on each others' performances, and even annotating directly onto the sheet music itself. It's clear that Chromatik wants to take the isolation out of music practice.

Support

A cute animated help video outlines the basics, but that's about it. No FAQ, no About page or place to ask questions. Luckily the site is pretty intuitive in general, but there could be a lot more guidance.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • singing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • memorization
  • strategy

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Music
Topics:Music and sing-along
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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