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App of the Week: The Orchestra

By Stephen Noonoo
May 11th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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What’s It Like? The Orchestra is a multimedia tool for exploring classical music, the orchestra, and orchestral instruments. There’s a lot to explore, including video, interviews, live performances from conductor Esa-Pekka Solonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and eight classical music selections.

Price: $13.99

Grades: 6-12

Pros: Excellent videos, insightful commentaries, and best-in-class design.

Cons: High price and large download size might be tough sells for teachers.

Bottom line: A terrifically designed tool that invites students into the often unwelcoming world of classical music in a way that deepens appreciation and understanding of the complexities and beauties of the art form.

 

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.