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Great way to teach kids piano and musical concepts without overwhelming them with complicated theory
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Accessible and exciting app that teaches instrumentation and inspires kids to jam out
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Tap-game that enlists the help of Dr. Seuss to introduce musical concepts to younger children
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Teaches several multicultural dance steps including Latin, West African, and hip hop
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Fun app that encourages playful dancing in a musical chairs-like setting

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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.

Comments & Suggestions Have a suggestion for an educational app for this category you think we should feature? Let us know.

  • Melissa:

    SightReadPlus for iPad guides students in learning to play ACOUSTIC piano. mTA™ SightReadPlus will listen to you play, evaluate your note and timing accuracy, and offer help where needed. Earn gold stars and points for everything you practice! *The most comprehensive beginning sight reading volume ever created *Offers 4800 short exercises in all major keys *Equal number of left and right hand exercises *An inexhaustible resource for beginning piano students *Perfect sight reading solution for teachers SightReadPlus™ is carefully sequenced, advancing from stepwise movement and basic timing patterns to more advanced intervallic reading and dotted note values. *Note and rest values: eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, half, dotted half and whole *Meters: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 and 6/8 *Clap along with Kodaly rhythm syllables for timing practice No in-app purchase offerings or requirements! Everything is included with purchase.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

  • australianwritings:

    These music apps are actually helpful and useful for those people who wanted to gain some expected results in terms of appreciating these musics.

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