Ladybug Band by Rain Boot Media LLC – Review and Giveaway



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Ladybug Band by Rain Boot Media LLC is a 28-page rhyming musical storybook app that introduces children to different kinds of sounds and gets them involved in a musical performance with the Ladybug Band.

What we love…

Children are able to sing or play along with the band and have it recorded.

What we’d love to see…

Words highlighted in sync with the narration, repeat button for narration.

Summary

Ladybug Band is filled with colorful illustrations, different interesting sounds and fun interactive activities that will appeal to preschool children.

Our Rating

The 4-member Ladybug Band lives on the island of Kacha and they love to perform every night by the sea. There is Squiggle on the microphone, Bouncer on the strings, Dotley on the drums and Cheeks on the reeds (a wind instrument). Readers are introduced to the sounds of these 4 musical instruments – voice, strings, drums and winds as each member appears on stage.

Then the story invites the readers to be a part of the music with a variety of actions like shaking the iPad, drawing the campfire, clapping and dancing to the beat! More interesting sounds are heard and these include the sound of the waves breaking, the crackling sound of the campfire, the scratching sound of drawing in the sand and the whistling sound of the wind. This book app is quite a treat to the senses!

But the most enjoyable part for kids must be the chance to be a member of the Ladybug Band, singing or playing their musical instruments to the Coconut Jamboree tune and recording (audio only) their performance in the app.

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Up to 6 recorded sessions can be saved. When the recording is full, you just need to delete a previous recording to free up space for a new recording. These recordings are easily accessible from the home page which means that kids can come back frequently for a quick jamming session with the Band.

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There are 2 reading modes – children can either read along with the app or read it by themselves. For the read along mode, I hope that the app will add a word-by-word highlighting feature to facilitate words recognition for younger children. It would be awesome if this feature is also added to the Coconut Jamboree lyrics in the sing-along section.

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The story is simple but children will be happily engaged by the many interactive activities that are found in all its pages. The app is also easy and safe for young children to play by themselves. This is a delightful musical book app that gets children singing, dancing and performing together with the Ladybug Band.

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Ladybug Band Ladybug Band by Rain Boot Media LLC

Price: $0.99 USD

"This picture book app is so much fun, and educational on so many levels!"
- Sara Tate Goldstein, Principal
Accelerated Schools of Overland Park

"My 7 year old loves recording her own voice.

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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.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


Mussila – Musical monster adventure by Rosamosi ehf. – Review



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What we love…

fun interactive music making app that uses repetition and skill building to help kids successfully complete levels and enhance their musical knowledge as well as build on listening and attention skills.

What we’d love to see…

ability to play the app both in portrait and landscape mode, have the sounds played on the instruments replayed for a second chance to listen

Summary

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.  Amazing amount of content included in the app to help children learn music theory making this a comprehensive app.

Our Rating

Mussila - Musical monster adventure | Notes | Piano | Rhythm | MelodyMussila – 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.

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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.


Mussila Musical monster adventure - Notes | Rhythm
Mussila Musical monster adventure - Notes | Rhythm
by Rosamosi ehf.

Category: Games, Music, Education, Adventure
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: 270.39 MB

$4.99USD

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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.

 

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.


Mastering the piano with Lang Lang by Tido – Review



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There are many benefits to learning to play a musical instrument like improved memory, mathematical ability, listening skills, hand-eye coordination, creativity, concentration and better discipline that can positively impact a child’s learning. But what is most valuable to me is that it helps build children’s confidence and self esteem. My teenage son is a good example – from a terrified preschooler who ran away from the stage during his first concert to a confident young man performing in an orchestral hall, I saw how he has blossomed and become an inspiration himself to many others.

What we love…

Exclusive videos of Lang Lang sharing helpful tips and demonstrating the various skills and techniques that students will learn in the app.

What we’d love to see…

Advanced levels added.

Summary

Mastering the piano with Lang Lang is both an inspiring app for young musicians and a comprehensive learning app on the finer points of piano playing.

Our Rating

To experience success, a child needs the support of the family (which is usually the mum) but this doesn’t mean we must know how to play the instrument ourselves in order to be able to guide our children. You can equip yourself with the essential knowledge by being attentive in your child’s lessons, taking notes, recording masterclasses, attending concerts, doing research, etc. If you are wondering if there is a ready and easy to use resource that you can turn to, then lucky for you, I have just the app for you!

Mastering the piano with Lang Lang by Tido is the perfect resource for you and your children to learn the art of making music on the piano. It doesn’t just stop at what skills and techniques an accomplished pianist need to have, it also gives an insight to what music can do to our children’s personal development.

Lang Lang needs no introduction in the world of classical music and this app offers a rare chance for any music student, regardless of age and ability, to learn from a great master. Watching Lang Lang play and hearing his expressive playing would be such an inspiration to any aspiring pianist.

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There are currently 5 levels of music training in the app, corresponding to piano grades 1 to 5. Each level comes with 8 units, each unit focussing on a key technique (like legato playing, developing dexterity, hand coordination, phrasing and rubato, dynamics, etc.) Lessons are presented with the use of interactive scores, instructions, videos, warm up exercises and the related scales/broken chords/arpeggios. A diverse range of music from different musical periods is chosen to progressively improve students’ skills and expand their repertoire.

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Technology-wise, the iPad’s capabilities is fully utilized in the app’s interactive sheet music. You can follow the music while listening to an audio recording of it (played by Lang Lang), and your music practice is supported by tools like an in-app metronome, adjustable audio playback speed and musical note size, notepad and annotations. There are also additional features like a glossary of the musical terms used, information on the composer and the genre of the piece that was introduced in the lesson (because it is important to understand the music that we play – another point highlighted in the app).

What I really appreciate is the analogies used and the demonstrations that Lang Lang gave to explain each technique. He also made an effort to make sure that students understand the purpose of each exercise and he gave many tips and advices using personal anecdotes.

Help your children find success in playing the piano by learning with the master. Every young pianist should have access to the wealth of wisdom in this app, to better understand their instrument and what they can do on it, to improve their skills and techniques, and to have an awareness of what makes a musical performance.

Download Mastering the piano with Lang Lang and explore the first unit for each level for free.

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Mastering the piano with Lang Lang Mastering the piano with Lang Lang by Tido
Category: Education, Music
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 190.71 MB

$FREE

 

 

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.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


Music With Grandma by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

targets wide variety of ages and skill levels with the ability to turn on and off games and interactive elements that will delight. I loved the musical twist which made ordinary games like find an object fun by having instruments

What we’d love to see…

with the musical pattern it would be nice if you could replay it.  Some of the activities were hard like finding a musical note and if the “help” was available at the start it would be easier

Summary

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.

Our Rating

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.

EDUCATIONAL GAMES:

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.

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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 Grandma

Music With Grandma
Music With Grandma
by 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

$2.99USD

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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.

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