Have you ever wondered about the difference between the piano, harpsichord and clavichord? If you have, or if you want to learn more about these instruments, the app Klavier is for you. This app shows the differences and plays selections of music performed on these three instruments.
App for iOS -iPAd, iPhone and iPod Touch
Klavier by Vectro Group is a music education app for iOS dvices focusing on the piano, harpsichord, and clavichord. The app allows users to actually play the keys on each of these three instruments. Additionally, there's a nice selection of pieces, composed by famous musicians, that users can listen to for each of the instruments. Links from each musical arrangement to Wikipedia give the user more information on each composer or piece. Additionally, a Wikipedia link is live from image of the instrument itself, giving the user a variety of facts and information.
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Each of the three instruments has an additional three sections. One area shows a three-dimensional model of the foot pedal and string, with an animation showing how the foot pedal affects the strings. A second stage allows users to play the keys of each instrument. Multi-touch is supported, so users can play multiple keys to hear the sounds of various chords. A third stage allows users to play various pieces of music by famous composers like Bach, Handel, and Chopin. There's a nice selection of music, though it's tough to tell how many pieces altogether as they are randomized in order.
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Klavier is an interesting app, but certainly geared toward a specific audience. I appreciated that the harpsichord and clavichord were included, and I imagine students of music would find this very interesting.
The pieces were identified with the composer and the full title of the piece. As an adult, I appreciated the Wikipedia links to the instruments and the composers or music. However I worry about children having unmonitored access to the Internet through these links.
The keys on the instruments are small, but all fully functional including the sharps. I was not in love with the pedal component, as I found it hard to understand. Though I freely admit I'm no expert on the piano, and this may just be my lack of knowledge. The app also has an animated hedgehog that bounces around the screen, but I don't feel that it is needed, and actually might detract a little bit from the app. The focus on the instruments is all that is needed.
In a Nutshell-
Klavier is an interesting app for those people looking to find out more about these instruments. With the ability to listen to pieces composed for the harpsichord, clavichord, and piano and the ability to play these instruments, users get an in-depth look at how the insurance work and sound.
Klavier is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - Free with in-app-purchase
At the time of this review, the app had no ads and users unlocked the piano and clavichord via an in-app purchase. An external link to Wikipedia sites focusing on the composers and instruments were live and not protected by a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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