Jazz music is made up of so much more than just a melody. JungleJam! helps encourage an appreciation of all the components of jazz compositions, including harmony, rhythm, tempo, and sound patterns. This is Jazz 101 for children ages 4-6.
JungleJam! is a new app by wonderkind GmbH for all IOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch). It is set in an unlikely location- the jungle, where a flamboyant vulture is the master of ceremonies. He has three spotlights that are activated during each set, depending on how much music is being created.
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The animals in JungleJam! are designed to represent the instrument they're playing. Your child's job is to help play the instruments, so that they become part of the performance and make the lights shine. Take the zebra, for instance. Its black and white stripes become piano keys that play notes when they are touched. Then there's the gorilla- his chest sounds just like bongo drums. Altogether, there are eighteen different instruments that become part of the show. Every set sounds different, based on which animals are playing.
Once an animal/instrument is introduced, it is saved on the animal directory page, which can be accessed by pressing the button with six holes in it (found on the opening screen). This saves time, because that instrument can be added automatically into the group the next time JungleJam!is opened.
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Where JungleJam! shines is in its use of animation, which perfectly mirrors the jazzy music being created. I found the sound quality and the technical aspects in the app to be flawless. The animals have larger-than-life personalities that reflect the instruments they play; two outstanding examples are the trumpeting elephant and the guitar playing monkey, who can jam with the best of them.
JungleJam! requires some adult assistance to navigate. I wish there were some visual instructions included. At times, I wasn’t sure whether to wait or to keep touching the character; after a little trial and error, though, it became more obvious. The variety of instruments here is exceptional, with common ones (trumpet, piano) being supplemented with other, more unusual instruments.
Overall, JungleJam! is a unique app that has found a niche in the App Store. Grown-ups will enjoy the resulting improvisation as much as their children.
JungleJam! is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
At the time of this review, JungleJam! contains no ads or in-app purchases (IAP). There are links to social media and the web on the opening screening. There are also links to the App Store from a protected parent portal.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6 to 14. With so many choices available to parents, my goal is to share accurate information about the apps I review, so that you can make smart choices for your children.
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