During the last decades, numerous studies have revealed and confirmed the positive influence that music is capable of exerting on the little ones. An influence that has to do with aspects as varied as the development of their brain, the improvement of their memory and concentration, the strengthening of learning and other aspects in which the stimulation of creativity and the improvement of their way of expressing themselves have a place. , among others.
Some benefits that will promote their growth and they will make them more prepared adults, and an art that they will enjoy tremendously. To introduce them to the subject and strengthen these capacities we have selected a series of very useful tools that will allow them to learn to identify chords, read staves, know the duration of the notes and a long etcetera that you can already guess.
As its name suggests, Auditory Puzzle puts at our disposal a series of audio-puzzles, that is, what it does is dissect a known fragment of a classic work (in our case we have come across Beethoven’s V Symphony) in different parts. Nails pieces that we must unite in the order that corresponds.
The best thing is that it is not as simple as it seems, but it is necessary to listen to the piece several times. There is also the possibility of increase the difficulty. The only downside is that we cannot move backwards or forwards within the tiles. As soon as we know the correct order we will have to drag them to the upper boxes.
Focused for music teachers, Jolly Music is a tool that will allow them to teach their students – preschool and primary school, mainly – in a more simple and fun way. Specifically, it is a multisensory program that is progressively structured and deals with different musical skills.
Of course, it works with the singing, a feature that makes it possible for everyone to participate without having to know how to play an instrument. Among the materials used, the method uses picture books and audio CDs with the different instructions. Yes, it is in English.
Let’s go to the Opera
Let’s go to the Opera, on the other hand, was created in order to introduce children to the history of this genre. Available for Android and iOS, it presents your career and assistance as a true fun “strewn with secrets.” During his execution, the schoolboy will go on a guided tour and discover “the most intimate secrets of the functioning of the theater”. In this application they have room from singers, dancers, to lights and scenery. Curious
Dedicated to those children who suffer from some type of disability, Discapnet is a project structured in 12 online courses in which theoretical issues of musical language are dealt with, but also others such as interpretation, composition, and other aspects. An initiative designed to be familiarize with the music and start to get a taste for it.
We highlight the auditory education course, the music therapy sound workshop, the interpretation class and the electroacoustic composition class, which serve to illustrate what dynamic of this tool as well as its validity. The initiative has the support of the ONCE Foundation.
Illustrated lessons in the history of music
A little different is Illustrated Lessons in the History of Music; a YouTube space that includes precisely this: an infographic drawn in a fun way of the evolution over the centuries of this discipline. A story that lasts just under seven minutes and is worth a look. For the more veteran, it is tremendously reminiscent of what Forges did with his Historia de Here volume. In addition, reproduction is accompanied by sounds and pieces from each period.
This app for iOS goes further than most of the previous ones and allows the little ones to learn more than just basic questions about melodies. For example, it addresses progressions of chords, includes information on multiple musical styles and composers, allows them to create and play their own music, includes multiple instruments, and so on.
In addition, it has the support of the National Science Foundation and allows learn to read and write music in a traditional way but also through digital techniques. It has several versions and is one of the most complete tools when it comes to laying a solid foundation in terms of musical knowledge.
Also in English, Monkey Music is an interactive website for children between three months and five years old. Its objective is to promote the musical learning as a method that will allow these little ones to develop their full potential for the future. Thus, it stimulates various aspects such as coordination, hearing, and so on.
In addition, it is perfectly suited to each age group and has specific levels. For example, Rock’n’roll is aimed at infants between the ages of three and 12 months and focuses on the “sensory experience”; while heigh-ho is designed for those who have already completed the year and incorporates games, dances and more. Finally, jiggety-jig is for those between two and three years old and introduces the composition of musical stories and singing.
Pelayo and his gang: Music
With a calligraphy and style in the purest style of the Rubio booklets, Pelayo y su pandilla is an application that offers the youngest members of the household different options in this lesson dedicated to music: attending, playing, seeing, hearing and playing.
Some possibilities focused on learning and some sections organized by tabs in which we will find comics such as The Pied Piper of Hamelin, instruments coloring pages and other resources. Of course, not all of them are focused on the discipline that concerns us.
Little Fox Music Box
Designed by artist Heidi Wittlinger, it is one of the most popular apps of its kind. Thus, and supported by delicious graphics, Little Fox Music Box (what would be the music box of the little fox) has three songs and three themes in which it is possible to interact.
Something that, at first glance, seems to fall short, but that includes more than 100 different actions. Among the options we find the possibility of recording songs, accompanying them with a very particular orchestra, and so on. It is, of course, only available in german and english and round a price of 3 euros.
Useful for students and teachers, Sing Up is an application that encourages a “good music education”. To do this, it makes available to those interested a bank of songs for all tastes, as well as varied information, tips for the classroom, current news and various articles.
Of course, to access the entire catalog you must pay an amount that is between 60 and 210 dollars, depending on the type of subscription, company and use. You can also try 10 songs for free, although the truth is that the range of possibilities is quite limited. The payment also implies musical plans and projects, digital training, plays, grade ranges, plans, and other tips.
Musical Instruments Kids
Also for a fee – it costs 0.99 euros-, Musical Instruments Children is an application in Spanish that takes advantage of the principles of the classic Simón game. During the game different musical sequences sound and are animated that the little one will have to repeat; pieces in which up to 32 different instruments participate. In addition, there are different levels of difficulty, as the app is designed for children between 3 and 9 years old.
Educaplus, for its part, is a portal specialized in education. A place where we also find several tools to promote musical learning. We are left with musical memory – to check if you have a good ear and recreate what was heard- and with musical notes -to improve the reading of scores-.
To jazzy day
Created by the studio The Melody Book, a Jazyy Day is an interactive book that tells the life of a family of cats who love the genre. A story that takes advantage of to offer different resources.
To give you an idea, here children will be able to play and play on the go with the different typical jazz instruments, enjoy pieces performed by famous performers and more. Of course, it is not a cheap application, as it is around 5 euros. It is only compatible with iOS.
Toca Band is an app for the most daring and entrepreneurs. Yes, because thanks to it your child will be able to create his own music band and delve into the world and everything that surrounds him. In addition, it includes 16 different characters, each of which is capable of emitting a very specific sound and rhythm. The number of combinations is limited but it is not bad to start getting familiar with this art.
Regarding PDI Música, it puts at our disposal more than 3,000 games and interactive activities to learn music. It is structured in several tabs: music games, melody, rhythm, reading, piano, piano and reading, harmony, ringing, dictations, singing and utilities.
Some sections dedicated to what its name promise in which we find auditory training exercises, reading staves, rhythm tests, and so on. The website also integrates different tools so that teachers easily schedule your classes.
The music corner
The music corner is also aimed at slightly older students, that is, students who need to become familiar with music theory and who are allowed to complete the lessons with written explanations. Fields as basic as the staff, the notes, the rests, different keys, the measure, the accidentals, and so on, are reviewed.
One downside: the Interface, despite being interactive, it is not very clear. For example, the different lessons are numbered at the bottom in the form of a tab, giving the impression that it is impossible to pass them. However, if we click on them, the subject they address appears and lets us alter the order.
Tricks to awaken children’s interest in music
Apart from what has been commented, there is a class of advice to get children interested in music. Something relatively …