Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains
The Appysmarts selection of best music apps for kids sorted by the Appysmarts Overall Score and Category Score (in the music apps category) for the iPad (the original, iPad 2, the New iPad or iPad 3).

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Phonetic Birds

Phonetic Birds
by Marc Sockel

Price: 0.99$ (was 1.99$)
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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Memory, Music & art, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a set of auditory skills training activities.

72 levels divided into 3 areas: pitch awareness, loudness comparison, sound pattern imitation.

3 play modes: adventure (all levels), quick play (one skill at a time), random.

What we liked: the concept. Good set of activities with high educational value. Simple graphics. Ease of use. Multiple play modes. Multiple user accounts.

What we didn't like: no spoken instructions. No clues. No rewards system.

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Stella and the Startones

Stella and the Startones
by Bohem Interactive

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iPad

Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art

What it is: an app for creative play with music and sounds with 21 picture/music scenes with unique melodic styles.

What you do with it: choose a scene, explore, rearrange and play with the objects in the scene, discover what sounds the objects make or how they respond to touch, create simple sound sequences.

What we liked: the concept, simple illustrations and animations, ease of use, fun factor, number of interactive elements, number and quality of sounds and sound backgrounds, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no option to record sound sequences during play (could be a good idea for more competent 'composers').

Bottom line: an excellent creative musical toy for all ages: younger kids can just play and discover sounds and animations while older children can try 'composing' music sequences and combining them with visuals.

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Bebot - Robot Synth

Bebot - Robot Synth
by Normalware

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.8

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Understanding of the world

What it is: a musical synthesizer with multitouch controls.

What you do with it: play around with synthesized sounds using one (or more) fingers. Change the parameters to explore new sounds.

What we liked: great concept, easy operation with multi finger gestures, lots of fun, good 'edutainment' value, great for creativity and experimentation with sounds.

What we didn't like (please note that we understand that this app was probably not designed with kids in mind): complex interface for configuring sounds (requires parental assistance). You can't save or share your 'soundjam'. Little reference to a real instrument/keyboard. Can be boring after a while.

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Magic Belles: Magic Music Free

Magic Belles: Magic Music Free
by Luma Creative

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 64/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art

Please note: our score and ratings are ratings are based on the full (paid) version of the app!

What it is: 7 activities for creative play with music and sounds.

What you do with it: follow the instructions and complete the activity (e.g. help Flower Belle water and pick the flowers, fill up Rainbow Belle's paint pots with rainbow colors and color her mushrooms etc).

Tap other objects in the scene (e.g. flowers) for sounds and animations.

What we liked: the concept. The number of interactive elements. Nice illustrations. Fun to use (but please see the note below). No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app. Good for introducing a child to free play and experimenting with sounds and music.

What we didn't like: some of the activities are more engaging than others. No spoken instructions (that's why we recommend Parental Assistance).

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the Magic Belles musical app.

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