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About the Apps
School systems across the country, tragically, are pulling back on music-based curriculum due to budget constraints and short-sighted decision making. Yet research indicates that learning how to play a musical instrument - especially for elementary students -promotes critical learning in all walks of life. Performing (or at least appreciating) music is also a valuable trait.
Thankfully, as schools decrease their attention to music, app developers are picking up the slack. There are plenty of apps that teach instrumentation and musical concepts for users of all ages and skill levels. Our favorite music apps for elementary school students are targeted to children who don’t already know how to play an instrument. As is the case with our dance selections, they promote an overall understanding and appreciation of musical concepts.
Many of us first learned how to play (or at least tinker around) with music through piano lessons. KinderBach: Simply Discover Piano is a very kid-friendly tool that uses video and step-by-step lessons to teach the wonders of the instrument. Older kids (of all ages) ready to rock out on a variety instruments will appreciate the ease and awesomeness of Apple’s iconic GarageBand application, specifically suited for the iPad. Dr. Seuss Band is geared to the younger set, and uses a series of tap-games to introduce musical concepts.
The best dance instruction apps for this age group associate physical activity with rhythm and music. Freeze Dance is a musical chairs-like game that has kids dancing and running around to music pulled from iTunes. Parents can preset when the music within a song stops, prompting everyone to freeze. A more instructional alternative is C-Fit Dance - Classroom Fitness, which offers lessons and easy-to-follow dance steps for multiple musical genres including west african, latin and hip hop.
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