Keep your kids entertained with our selection of musical apps and keep them interested in music at the same time!
Need to keep your high-energy kids entertained in a quiet place, but tired of the same old “video games”? Try out these musical, educational Apps!
This selection is great for early elementary students (Kindergarten, first and second graders).
Note: Please check the latest pricing on these apps, as they are subject to change frequently. Most of these apps are available for both iPhone and iPad, and some are available for Android as well. For about $10, you can download all the apps and engage your kids in musical learning and fun at the same time.
Smule Magic Piano (4.5+ Star Ratings) Free
Smule continues to be one of the top downloaded apps across all categories (not just music) — it’s that fun and infectious. Smule Magic Piano boasts the largest catalog of songs of any piano app, across a variety of genres, including rock, pop, classical, movies, and musicals. Your kids will have fun following the light beams to play notes and songs. They are guided, but control the notes, rhythm and tempo. They can work to make a song sound just like it does “for real” or they can let their creativity shine and perform their own versions. Kids can optionally turn it into a game and advance levels. They can even try out different instruments, just like we sometimes do on our electric pianos at The Children’s School of Music. Parents Note: The app also provides sharing options, which are optional and do not need to be activated.
Go Go Xylo (4.5 Star Rating) Free
Go Go Xylo is designed in 3-D graphics and animation, which is always fascinating for kids so this app is immediately appealing. This app let’s your kids explore and play their own tunes, or play along with a wide variety of tunes built-in from popular artists. If your child already attends The Children’s School of Music, they understand the xylophone and have had opportunity to play it in real life.
Go Go Xylo includes a fully functioning Xylophone and some other fun “wacky” instruments. We like that kids can compose their own music and/or follow along with sheet music. This relatively sophisticated music app also lets them change keys and octaves for different sounds.
Parent’s note: A few songs are included with the app, and additional ones can be purchased for $0.99 – $2.99 (available by genre)
Kasey’s Guitar Jams for Kids (4.5 star rating) $1.99
Do you have a budding guitarist eager to learn? Kasey’s Guitar Jams for Kids is a fun way for them to explore their interests and learn some basic guitar. The app will teach your child to play along with music recordings and simple music notation. Each play along song is professionally recorded. Kasey is a lovable kids that hears music throughout his day, who also provides wonderful motivation and inspiration for kids to learn to love and enjoy music.
Parent Note: We also encourage you to check out our unique guitar program for kids at TCSOM, taught by a couple of very talented instructors who also are trained to instruct on the foundational music skills that are taught in all our classes.
Bloom and Bloom HD (4.5 star rating), $3.99
Bloom is part instrument, part composition, part artwork. Its innovative controls allow children to create visual patterns along with unique melodies while tapping the screen. Your child can create endless combinations, or “compositions”, or let the application automatically generate beautiful music and mesmerizing displays on its own.
This app uniquely teaches musical “mood”, a very important part of their education as they advance through the Harmony Road levels at The Children’s School of Music. Rather than different keys to select, you can select different “moods” with curious zen-like names such as “Orris”, “Cedar”, and “Tolu”.
Smule Ocarina (4 star rating) $0.99
Smule Ocarina is one of Apple’s Top 20 apps of all-time. You can literally turn your iphone into an ancient flute!
The app is sensitive to your breath, touch, and movements. Kids can blow air into the mic on the phone to create music, and touch combinations of “holes” on the screen to make different notes. If the phone is tilted, it changes the vibrato rate and depth.
With this app, kids can compose their own music and save it to play later for the whole family, or listen to songs that are being created around the world (just tap the globe icon).
We think $0.99 is a very low price to pay for hours of musical entertainment for the whole family! If your kids compose some fantastic songs with Ocarina, have them bring them to their next music lesson and share with their class! We’d love to hear it!
Songify (4 star rating) Free
Songify turns speech into music — automatically! And, we don’t know a 5-7 year old who doesn’t like to sing and make up songs! Even older and younger kids will enjoy this app. After speaking their song into the app, everyone can sing along!
Solfege and singing are integral parts of The Children’s School of Music Programs. Kids not only play the piano, but will sing and practice rhythms in every class. Musical tone and pitch is established by the age of 9, so any app that gets kids playing with their voice at a young age and singing is great practice!
TCSOM also offers Singers Club for kids ages 5 and up. Learn more about it here.