Music with Grandma is the latest release from Fairlady Media. It takes music and instrument playing to a fun new level which encourages toddlers to even adults to “play” along. It is comprised of eight educational games and nine interactive elements. I detail each of the educational games below and the interactive elements were a fun “reward” for completing the activities”. The app is available on iOS for both iPad and iPhone.
Instrument Sounds: “Which instrument do I hear…?” Kids were presented with a field of four instruments and could tap and listen to each one
Music Stand Matchup: “Match the symbols to their meanings!” had you matching symbols or musical pieces to what they meant such as quarter rest.
Music Maze: “Follow the notes to solve the maze!” – this is a great problem solving app as it requires you to recognize each of the notes and connect them together to complete the maze.
Find the Note: “Find the F on the staff!” encourages you to know musical notes and find something on it. If you need help, a pop up comes up showing the different notes and levels of sound
Musical Patterns: “What comes next in the musical pattern?” Kids were presented with a pattern of music along with a selection of notes and had to pick the right one to finish the pattern
Musical Sorting: “Sort the metronomes from slowest to fastest!” this was a great way to encourage kids to
Instrument Memory Match: “Match up the instruments in pairs!” – a fun twist on your traditional matching game that included musical instrument sounds instead of the traditional match an item
After successfully completing two activities, you are given an interactive activity which can range from seeing Grandma or Grandpa playing an instrument, playing with a drum set or other instrument. These interactive activities are fun and were my older son’s favorite part! My toddler enjoyed using multiple fingers to play with the timpani drums.
I loved this app and the variety of ages it targeted. My younger son enjoyed tapping on the drums while my older son identified instruments and played with the keyboard after completing the activities. My sons both loved the interactive portions of the app – which included playing the timpani drums, playing with hand percussion instruments and the keyboard. The keyboard was really fun and included instruments, animals, and even train sounds! You can also go into the settings to choose which games you want your kids to play which allows for even further customization – you can choose easier items for a toddler or preschooler and harder games like musical patterns or treble clef for older kids. My older son quickly figured out that he could touch and drag to complete the musical maze – I liked this game because it encouraged him to get to know the musical notes. I also liked that each of the games had a musical twist which encouraged him to participate and learn something it was a nice deviation from the traditional matching and organizing games yet still felt fun for my seven-year-old. I even had to think a bit back to school music when identifying the symbols and rests for a piece of music.
In terms of enhancements, at times my older son had trouble completing the pattern. He enjoyed hearing it play through but sometimes wanted to hear it play again – and we couldn’t figure out a way to “rewind” or play it again. It also would be nice if after completing this activity if you could hear the entire musical pattern. For younger kids, when finding the musical notes, it would be nice if a “guide” was available without hitting the wrong answer.
There is a link to learn more about other Fairlady Media apps, where you can enter your birthday and be pulled through to iTunes but you have to go through two gates (enter your birth year) before getting there).
Overall, I loved the versatility of this app for kids. There were games that were suited to younger and older kids all in one app. It provided just enough to help get my kids playing without feeling too complicated. We had fun playing with it as a family one evening after school and my kids both enjoyed the interactive elements. At the time of review there are no in-app purchases.
Music With Grandmaby Fairlady Media
Category: Education, Music
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 106 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.