A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about different skills involved in listening to and making music on this educational site. Creating Music introduces the concepts of pitch, rhythm, tempo, and instrumentation through games and activities. Kids can also hear how these concepts apply in many different types of music, from classic compositions to rap to traditional music from Italy and Albania. Creating Music may lack the sophistication of more modern sites, but it's sure to spark creativity in curious kids.
The message that anyone can compose music is at the center of the site. Kids are encouraged to try out new sounds and styles by jumping right into composing pieces. Games offer gentle reminders when a player gets a wrong answer.
Products & Purchases
Creating Music has a store that sells software related to the lessons featured on the website.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Creating Music is an educational website that lets kids make music and learn about concepts like pitch and tempo. There's no content that's inappropriate for kids, and the only product advertised is educational software that expands on the site's lessons.
Is It Any Good?
Creating Music's activities are generally short and sweet and can give an impromptu music lesson whenever the mood strikes. Fun challenges like recognizing harmonies and playing along with classical composers give this site instant kid-appeal, while lessons that work in classical, world, and even rap music to teach and train young ears show this site has the chops for education and fun.
Creating Music launched in the 1990s and lacks the sophisticated look and feel of more modern sites. Some screens look like something your grandpa put together in 1994 and never updated, while others look fine. That is to say, the site design isn't great, and may not impress today's media-savvy kiddos. However, the activities do stand the test of time. Kids might want to try Subotnick's more recent endeavor, the iPad app, Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter.
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