We, at Teachers With Apps, are huge proponents of the importance of teaching music to children at a young age. Studies have proven that it develops the part of the brain that is needed to master language skills. There are so many benefits to introducing young children to music. To quote Shin’ichi Suzuki,who developed the Suzuki method, “I want to make good citiznes. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance, he gets a beautiful heart. Here are two apps we think are worth looking at:
Drum Kids for iPhone, by Spye Design, introduces users to 5 different drums (American Trap Set, Caribbean Steel Pan, Chinese Drum, Cuban Conga and the West African Djembe) and gives a little background on each. Once they understand the instruments at hand, they can create their own music or jam session by tapping the colorfully animated drummers on and off. There are literally dozens of possible sound combinations! In addition, the “drummers” on the home page are shown in a lovely park like setting with fun interactive background sounds hidden in the scenery. There are birds tweeting and cooing, a squirrel cracking nuts, a dog ready to play frisbee, and another set nighttime creatures when in night mode. We recommend this great music app for toddlers and preschoolers and up!
DJ Mix Kids Pro – Sound exploration for kids & toddlers to learn about music, rhythm, and beats with preschool favorites!, by Technolio, is a musical app for kids & toddlers. This is a fun app with lots of buttons to click and instruments to mix. There are lots of percussion instruments for your child to choose from to get the beat going. They can create their own version of a favorite kids song and then share it with friends. There are also some funny sounds and a scratch disc which makes them feel like a real DJ. On the iPad children are able to record music as well as their voices.
The full list of songs are: London Bridge is Falling Down, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Oh Susanna, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Yankee Doodle, Frere Jacques, If You’re Happy And You Know It, Marcha Soldado (Brazilian folk song), Old Macdonald Had a Farm, B-I-N-G-O, Muffin Man, Pop Goes the Weasel, Ten Little Indians, Cai Cai Balão (Brazilian folk song) and Hush Little Baby.