Mussila – Musical monster adventure by Rosamosi ehf is a universal app for iOS featuring a variety of musical monsters who teach you about the basics of music while on an interactive journey to find their costumes and instruments. As you journey through the different lessons which include: listening to identify a specific instrument, defining rhythms and melodies you are moved up in each lesson. You fly from lesson to lesson for a total of 64 different lessons each of which focuses on a specific concept. If you take too long to answer, the monster gives you a clue and helps you to answer correctly – a timer appears on the lower levels during instrument identification and you can earn new instruments or costumes as you complete the levels successfully. As you complete the levels you can earn stars which help you earn costumes and instruments by being “tested” to see what you have learned in the previous levels. The app targets elementary aged children from about age 6 through 11 using an interactive learning style that shows children how the music is made or what the objective is before giving them more lessons and testing. The app features 12 different instruments each of which is repeated throughout to help children become more familiar with them.
One of my son’s favorite parts of the game was copying the music that was being played and playing it via the on screen piano. He also got quite a bit better at discerning rhythms and the various instruments as he moved up in levels of the app. I was surprised at how quickly he picked up the music and sounds of the instruments – some of which he hadn’t heard before. I also liked that it was progressive and if my son struggled with a specific level he was able to go back and play it over again. The app also saw when he struggled with a specific section like the rhythm and didn’t make him upset that he didn’t know it – he just went back and listened again. He also liked earning costumes and prizes including instruments that he could dress the monsters in. I also liked that you could do a level and then go back to the app without feeling like you had to sit and play with it for hours – it was fun and could be broken down into bite size pieces which encouraged kids to learn in their own fashion.
In terms of enhancements, I do wish the app worked in both portrait and landscape modes just to give kids a bit more space on the screen. During the rhythm section, it would be nice if you could go back and “replay” the rhythm on the instruments just in case you wanted to hear it again. I would also like to see a multi-player option so if you had multiple children they could each have their own customized content.
This is a great app to help introduce kids to music and help them understand the various sounds that instruments make. My son learned a lot in this app and enjoyed listening to the various instruments and working on identifying them as well as playing them during the interactive jam sessions. There are no ads or in-app purchases. It is a fun app for teaching not only music appreciation, but to help with listening skills. Beautiful app designed to help kids understand the fundamentals of music in a non stressful way that teaches using a skill building method. My son, who has only had experience to music via listening to it and at school loved this app! He’s looking forward to trying out a real instrument as he gets older. The app is priced a bit on the higher side $5.99 USD but for the amount of content it provides (65 lessons) it is a bargain! It is not an app that you will pick up and play for a few times, but one that kids will engage with over and over again especially if they are new to learning about music.
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.