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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.
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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.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others
Arts: music, rhythm, singing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Self-Direction: achieving goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses, self-assessment
Creativity: combining knowledge, making new creations
Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, memorization, strategy
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Genre: Music
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Last updated: February 24, 2020
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