What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- improvising and music analysis
- making new creations
- multiple forms of expression
- conveying messages effectively
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Music-minded kids can use the site to compose more complex tunes; kids with limited experience should also find it fun, thanks to the interactive aspects and chance to communicate with other users.
Kids learn by creating music with a tool that offers impressive options. Commenting and collaboration options deepen the learning experience.
Several active forums give users a place to discuss recent compositions and other topics. Kids can find a lot of info on how to use the site, but there isn't much background on reading, writing, or playing music.
What's it about?
This fairly easy-to-use tool lets kids create musical compositions. Starting with a blank score, kids use toolbar options to adjust time signature, tempo, key signature and choose from a wide range of musical symbols. A free account lets kids create up to 10 songs using 15 instruments. They can listen to their songs with the playback feature, keep pieces private, or share them publicly. A paid subscription allows for an unlimited number of pieces, up to 50 instruments, the option to share with individual users, an audio mixing panel, and the ability to annotate songs.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how you can express creativity and feelings through music. How can you represent different emotions, like happiness or sadness, in songs?
Users can let other composers comment on their work on the site. What privacy concerns might arise from making your songs public?
If a user posts a mean or hurtful comment about one of the scores you've composed, how should you respond?