Perhaps this is a misconception, but I seem to get the impression that music is not one of the subjects that is deemed very important for early childhood development. If you are interested in your child’s brain development, then music is very important. Aside from that, there are so many other benefits of teaching your child music. There are lots of ways you can introduce music to your child, and the iPhone/iPhone offers some great supplementary music activities.
Yes, so I did a hundred and eighty degree turn on the whole iPhone/iPad thing but that was when I thought all the apps were just rubbish games like the stuff I used to play as a child but prettier. Like I said before, the iPhone/iPad in no way replaces the physical experiences – such as playing a piano or any other instrument, but it can be a great introduction. And, well, if it helps your child to develop an interest in music, then I can’t see how that’s a bad thing.
So these are some of the music apps that the boys enjoy:
1. The Noise Makers
- Finger Drums
- Baby Piano HD
- Animal Band
- Baby’s Musical Hands
- Music Sparkles – all in one musical instruments collection
- ABC Music – learn the ABCs while learning about musical instruments
- Toca Band – create your own music
Finger Drums and Xylophone are purely for noise making. The kids get bored of them pretty fast but it’s a great way to introduce them to the sounds of these two instruments. Baby Piano HD is by far the favourite and still is.
Baby Piano HD is created by Dream Cortex who make some pretty cool apps for the little ones. They also have classical music apps featuring Brahms, Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven and Chopin.
2. Perfect Pitch
Perfect Pitch Piano Ear Training is like “Simon Says” – it plays a melody and you play it back by ear. It’s not only a fun piano game, but also an important musical tool. It improves your ear, which translates to being a better all-around musician whether you’re a singer, guitar player, or piano player.
Perfect Pitch for Piano Fast Tap tests your perfect pitch abilities. Listen to the note and tap the key. Get it right and move on, or guess again. Answer as quickly as possible and compete against other players.
3. Learn to Play Piano
If you weren’t sure whether your child would adapt to a music program like Soft Mozart or Piano Wizard, then Piano DX is a great acid test. The concept of teaching the piano is similar so if your child likes the Piano DX, then he should enjoy the other programs.
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4. Music Games
My First Songs is like a juke box of 15 nursery rhymes that your child can listen to with cute animations. It’s also a great game for developing rhythm.
Magic Piano by Smule makes your child sound like a piano prodigy – any time, anywhere. Play favorite songs with your child’s own spin and sound great every time.
- Follow beams of light to guide your child’s fingertips to the correct note. Your child control the notes, rhythm and tempo, allowing his/her creativity and expressivity to shine.
- Try out different instruments – change the piano into a harpsichord, Funky 80’s synth, organ and more!
5. Music Theory
Instruments 360 is a great app for teaching your child about all the different instruments there are and introducing the sounds of these instruments. There is also a quiz and a puzzle feature that can help to reinforce the lessons.
My First Classical Music App is the perfect introduction to classical music for children aged 4 and above. Find out where you hear music, who writes it and what all the instruments sound like. Meet the great composers and be wowed by the orchestra. Tap any words or pictures and hear the text narrated, extracts of music, and dozens of animations and sound effects. The animals can dance, sing and play! Ideal for children to enjoy alone or together with a parent, this app is bursting with different pieces of music. It will fire the imagination of children and delight parents. Music includes Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Williams’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, Holst’s Planets, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and many, many more.
I’m sure there are plenty of other great music apps for the iPhone and iPad. These are just some of the ones that we like. If you know of any other cool music apps, please share them in the comments.