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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Music site has impressive detail, weak interactive elements.

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Students can find, listen to, and create music using SOUNDJUNCTION. The site features reading material on a wide variety of music-related topics, ranging from how composers start working on a song to unique instruments used in other countries. Kids can also string a few elements together in the Note Canvas tool to see (and hear) the results.

The site's other interactive tools, however, are pretty disappointing. The Composer and Explorer tools sound like they'd provide a fantastic visual look at song components, but both won’t load. That’s a shame, because without them, the site feels like one long reading assignment at times, and kids may lose steam as they navigate through it. To turn SoundJunction into a truly incredible learning resource, the site just needs to pair its impressive array of articles with a few more activities to help keep kids engaged.

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