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Best apps for kids for music education.


Best music apps for kids for iPad and iPhone ranked by Appysmarts editors and users.
iPad and iPhone apps are very helpful in music education of toddlers and preschool kids. For example children can learn how to play piano and other musical instruments using iPad. This device allows kids to learn to sing popular songs and experiment with sounds through a free play.
There are tons of apps teaching single notes, harmonies, famous melodies and songs.
Creative interactive play with music and sounds on the iPad is a great way to introduce your kids to the world of music.

You may also want to take a look at :

Best apps for kids featuring popular songs


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12 Days of Christmas - Polk Street Press Singalong

12 Days of Christmas - Polk Street Press Singalong
by Polk Street Press

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone

Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Early math, Music & art, Personal & social
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What it is: classic Christmas carol with additional features.

What you do with it: two modes:

singalong - sing along with the music; record audio/video while singing along and share it via email or Facebook (see a sample recording here.

playalong - play the song, when the music stops point to the correct number to keep the music playing (reinforces number and counting skills)

What we liked: the concept, beautiful artwork, simple music arrangement, simple operation, the Playalong feature with counting/numbers practice.

What we didn't like: no interactions (apart from the Playalong feature). The words are not highlighted in the Singalong mode. Somehow limited sharing options (e.g. we wish there was an option to view other people's recordings in the app).

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Jazzy World Tour - Musical Journey for Kids

Jazzy World Tour - Musical Journey for Kids
by The Melody Book

Price: 4.99$
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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Creativity, Interaction, Music & art, Understanding of the world

What it is: a musical visit to 7 countries (USA, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, Kenya, India, Australia). Learn about musical instruments, animals and culture.

What you do with it: 3 modes of play: Learn (read about the selected country, instruments native to this country etc), Play (play with musical instruments from the selected country), Create (create an animated 'country sticker scene').

What we liked: the concept. Good educational content (variety of instruments, extra facts etc). Simple illustrations and animations. Ease of use. Sound backgrounds and sounds (including real instrument recordings). The Travel Book feature (where country scenes are saved).

What we didn't like: no narration in the Learn mode. We wish there were more features in the Play mode (you just tap the object to hear the sound or watch an animation). We wish there were more countries!

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

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Jazzy 123 - Learn to Count with Music

Jazzy 123 - Learn to Count with Music
by The Melody Book

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Overall Score: 99/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an app for teaching numbers and names of music instruments.

What you do with it:activities include:

numbers and counting practice - interactive flashcards with numbers and music instruments (e.g. number 2 is for '2 accordions', tap on the accordions to count them and listen to sounds they make)

counting mini game 1 - point to the correct number of instruments displayed on the screen

counting mini game 2 - move the correct number of instruments to the stage and hear them play a short tune

You can also take a picture with the 'musical kittens' and save it to the library on the device.

What we liked: the concept, simple graphics and animations, simple operation, 'jazzy' theme music, good quality audio (both narration and sounds of the instruments), good educational value, 12 language versions.

What we didn't like: in the flashcards activity we would like to see some more information about the instruments. The 'take a picture' activity is very simple.

Bottom line: a simple and fun to use app for teaching numbers and counting practice (plus teaching the names of various music instruments).

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Sound Wand Harp - A Magical Motion-Based Musical Instrument

Sound Wand Harp - A Magical Motion-Based Musical Instrument
by Club 15CC

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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

What it is: an app turning the iPhone or iPad into a virtual harp.

What you do with it: play music by tapping on the screen (different areas generate single notes or harmonies) and waving the device at the some time for additional effects.

What we liked: the concept, great quality sounds, ease of use (you don't need to have any musical background to play and have fun with it). Many configuration options (e.g. predefined choices of key/scale).

What we didn't like: works only on newer iOS devices. Make sure that the kids hold the device firmly while waving (playing).

Botom line: an excellent app for making kids interact with music in a creative, non-stressful way.

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Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra

Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra
by Duckie Deck Development

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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

What it is/what you do with it: an interactive musical play app.

Two play modes: explore sounds made by everyday objects or create a composition by mixing up to 8 'instruments' at a time.

What we liked: the concept. Good selection of simple sounds. Simple graphics. The app is very easy to use even by the youngest kids. Humor and fun factor. No distracting features.

What we didn't like: could have more educational features. Only random choice of instruments in the Play mode (you cannot choose your own set of instruments).

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Toca Band

Toca Band
by Toca Boca

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Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Creativity, Interaction, Music & art

What it is: creative play with music and sounds. 16 characters, 48 sound loops (drums, pianos, guitars, voices etc)

What you do with it: create simple songs by placing the 'musicians' on the stage. Change the sounds by changing the musicians' positions.

What we liked: the concept. Lively illustrations and animations. Ease of use. Fun factor. Number and quality of loops (there is no 'wrong mix'). Great for introducing younger kids to experiments with sound.

What we didn't like: not much educational value (we would like to see at least one 'real' instrument like piano or xylophone). No option to record your 'mix'. Older kids may quickly become bored (the options/song variants are rather limited for more creative work).

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Jazzy ABC - Music Education For Kids

Jazzy ABC - Music Education For Kids
by The Melody Book

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Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an app for teaching letters and names of music instruments.

What you do with it: there are two main activities: interactive flashcards with letters and instruments, whose names start with a particular letter (touch the instrument to hear its sound) and a minigame where you either point to the instrument whose name starts with a particular letter or find point to the instrument whose name is read out by the narrator).

What we liked: the concept (your kid learns letters while learning the names of the instruments - or the other way around), simple graphics and animations, simple operation, 'jazzy' background music, good quality audio (both narration and sounds of the instruments), good educational value.

What we didn't like: the app teaches only capital letters. The minigame could be much better (e.g. why there is no mode for recognizing the instrument just by its sound?). In the flashcards activity we would like to see some more information about the instruments. Too few interactions/activities like the 'play the xylophone' activity for the letter X.

Bottom line: a simple and fun to use app for teaching letters and names of various music instruments.

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Stella and the Startones

Stella and the Startones
by Bohem Interactive

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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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Christmas Carols for Kids, Sing Along Songs - Jolly Jingle

Christmas Carols for Kids, Sing Along Songs - Jolly Jingle
by Hompimplay

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Music & rhythm, Attention & concentration, Interaction, Music & art, Personal & social
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What it is: 5 sing-along Christmas songs with interactive elements (including Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Up on the Housetop, We Wish You a Merry Christmas)

What you do with it: play the songs and sing along, touch objects on the screen for sounds and simple animations. Switch between different musical arrangements for each song (kids choir, female solo voice, instrumental, solo piano).

What we liked: nice variety of song arrangements, simple graphics and animations, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: only 5 songs. The words are not highlighted in the sing-along mode. The navigation is a bit difficult and the controls could be more intuitive. The interactive elements are sometimes a bit chaotic. Bottom line: if you are still not sure - check out our See Before You Buy video or download the free version of this app.

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