TECHNOLOGY: Educational music apps for young children

A worry for parents is that with technology making tasks easier and simpler, their young children won't have the opportunity to develop creativity for themselves.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 6:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:09 am
James Stoner

This may have been true several years ago, but now, developers are finding inventive ways to encourage children to use their imaginations and develop their creative aptitude using apps on mobiles and tablets.

Children love making music, be it banging a spoon on a saucepan or shaking a can full of beads, it is something that all of us at some point in our childhood were interested in.

Not every parent however has the space or means to own a piano or pay for weekly music lessons.

But now, thanks to advances in technology, every young child can have the opportunity to enjoy a little musical education.

Easy Music, aimed at 5+, is an app designed to provide an accessible introduction to music theory.

Fun characters teach basics such as pitch, melody, rhythm and how to recognise notes and then as the child’s understanding develops they are encouraged to start composing their own music.

Perfect for pre-schoolers Loopimal is a fun way to teach kids about sequence.

Using a variety of different animal tiles, the child drags and drops each shape to make the assembled animals create noise and dance.

Kapu Bloom Tunes is a creative app that allows your child to finger paint to create melodies in a sort-of virtual garden, encouraging flowers to grow which sing nursery rhymes.

It is calm and relaxing, which is great for both parent and child.

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