What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
Thinking & Reasoning
- asking questions
- making new creations
- combining knowledge
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- achieving goals
- digital creation
- social media
- using and applying technology
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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.
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.