App of the Week: Inspire a love of music and creation

Music-exploration app offers great balance of play and guidance.

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Easy Music combines guided practice games and open-ended free play to introduce kids to some musical basics. Start by exploring beat, rhythm, pitch, or melody; a different animal leads each category and guides kids through 25 levels that increase in difficulty. For instance, repeat the whale’s song by tapping on the underwater vents to match its pattern of different pitches. Once kids have some practice under their belts, they put it all together in learning to play a familiar song such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on a keyboard, first by tapping on shaded keys in song sections and then by playing the whole song from memory.

Price: $3.99

Grades: Pre-K-2

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Great sound quality and fun visuals make music come alive.

Cons: The music theory games can get repetitive.

Bottom line: A science sensor that pairs with your mobile device to gather and analyze data is perfect for inquiry-based learning.

Meris Stansbury

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