Christmas Karaoke App: 12 Carols by Denny Kurien is available for all iPad devices - iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air - and iPod/iPhone through the App Store and for Android devices through Google Play. It is a collection of twelve signature holiday songs that are easy to sing and instantly recognized by even young children. The lyrics are displayed on the screen, changing color to guide the singer. There are two settings from which to choose: sing along with the professionals or sing by yourself. This app also offers a choice of four different backgrounds- white snowflakes, midnight blue (my favorite), vibrant red, and festive gold, which add to its visual appeal. In the upper left hand corner is a countdown clock that cues you when to start. These songs are sung at a tempo that is just right and in a key that is neither too high nor too low.
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Christmas Karaoke App: 12 Carols takes the joy of caroling to a whole new level with its Caroling for a Good Cause campaign. According to the developer’s website, they will donate ten percent of the proceeds from sales of this app to the Make a Difference youth organization in India. If you are interested, there is a Facebook page and a website (http://www.makeadiff.in/) that provide additional information about this philanthropic cause.
Karaoke is a great form of interactive entertainment. I’ve seen children use their karaoke apps to pretend they are contestants on “The Voice” or “X Factor”. Not surprisingly, this helps build confidence in children who may be shy about performing in front of others. To add another element of fun, make a DIY kid’s microphone with a cardboard toilet paper tube, a 2” ball (I used a plastic tree ornament) on top, and a 15” piece of aluminum foil wrapped tightly over the top of both pieces to hold them together and make it sparkle. Make sure you have your camera rolling to capture the fun!
Christmas Karaoke App: 12 Carols provides songs that are sure to brighten up your holiday. Choices include “Silent Night,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Joy to the World,” “Feliz Navidad,” and “Jingle Bells.” There are different song styles too, from sweet and sentimental to jazzy and fun. If you’ve never downloaded a karaoke app before, we suggest this is the perfect way to start.
Christmas Karaoke App: 12 Carols is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPhone/iPod- and Goolge Play for android devices
RRP - $0.99/£0.69/€0.89
At the time of this review, Christmas Karaoke App: 12 Carols contains no ads and no in-app purchases. It does have links to the web and to social media, so parents should communicate their expectations about accessing links with their children beforehand.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist working in a public school setting serving children with special needs ages 6-14. During the Christmas season, you can hear me singing all my holiday favorites.
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