Adagio: The Musical Touch for Kids is a universal app (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) developed by Cangrego Ideas. The instructions are simple and intuitive. The keyboard is set up in a circle around the control buttons. Each section of the circle is a different color, representing a tone on the C Major scale. Using the Songbook Mode, your child is able to listen to the song first (making it much easier to play it later). Once he knows how it sounds, he can press the green arrow. The “music train” then appears, in place of a musical staff. The first car on the train matches the color of the first note in the song. This note also flashes on the keyboard circle and is the only one that will sound (so if the child tries a different color/note, nothing happens). By matching the color of the train car with the color on the keyboard circle, the correct note gets played. In a short time, your child will be able to play all ten songs by matching the colors. There is also a Free Play Mode that lets your child explore the keyboard circle on his own.
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Beginners obviously cannot read music, so the use of a color matching system helps them play familiar songs in real time. To make it even more fun, there is a setting that will play an animal singing along with each note. Next thing you know, your child has created a barnyard symphony. Included in the app are the following songs: Happy Birthday, Old MacDonald, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Lullaby, The Wheels on the Bus, London Bridge, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Frère Jacques, and Little Chicks are Squeaking. Additional song titles will be added in the near future, according to the developer.
Music can be an important part of a child’s life. With Adagio: The Musical Touch for Kids, the process of playing songs is simplified, so that even young children can learn to tap out their favorites. If you have ever considered purchasing a piano app for your child, this one would be an excellent choice.
Adagio: The Musical Touch for Kids is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
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Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs age 6-14.Did you check our 5 a day - 5 top apps gone FREE!