Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Magic Piano (best free Android apps for kids)
"If music be the food of love, play on!" - Shakespeare.
Magic Piano by Smule is a great way to enter the world of music. If your child has no previous experience playing an instrument, Smule has made it easy for him/her with their range of free apps.
Magic Piano begins with the well known classic, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The player can choose from three difficulties: Easy, Medium or Hard. Easy requires the player to tap the screen with the correct rhythm for the song. Although no keyboard is in sight, lights rain down on the screen where the keys would be. As long as the player is tapping the screen with the correct rhythm, s/he will be playing the song. Medium takes it one step further and requires the use of two fingers to play the notes, and Hard requires up to four fingers at a time to play the chords.
A score is given according to accuracy of playing and XP and Smoola (coins) are earned to unlock levels and "purchase" further songs. Songs available for playing include a vast range of genres, such as Kids Songs, Traditional Songs, Video Games, Pop, Classical and more. Some songs are available free as each level is unlocked, while others can be purchased using Smoola which are earned while playing.
Another fantastic feature of Magic Piano is the "Solo Play Freestyle" which has four different keyboards to choose from: straight, circular, spiral or hidden. The keyboards can be adjusted to have as little as five keys or many as 45 keys. This is a really fun feature for younger children because there are no "objectives" and no wrong notes possible. They will love creating their own compositions on the crazy keyboards.
There is the option to create an account, which will record progress, make it possible to connect to others around the world, and pay for subscription to have unlimited access to songs. However, these options are not necessary to enjoy the full features of Magic Piano.
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
From Bruno Mars to Mozart, play songs by the hottest artists on the #1 piano game! Get free songs every day and enjoy the best song catalog of any piano app. Join the over 25 million Magic Piano players and experience the fun of playing piano - no lessons or tutors needed!
Featured in the New York Times and Time magazine, Magic Piano makes you a piano virtuoso - any time, anywhere. Just touch the beams of light, and you control the notes, rhythm and tempo of each piece while Magic Piano serves as your guide. Share your performances with friends via Google Plus, Email, Facebook, Twitter, or SMS!
HUNDREDS OF SONGS - NEW SONGS ADDED EVERY WEEK! CHECK BACK DAILY FOR NEW FREE SONGS!
Choose from the largest music catalog of any piano app.
- Hot new music is added to the app regularly, so check back often.
- Earn new songs by playing and by watching videos
- Check back daily for free music every day!
Current music in the app includes:
• Stay - Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
• Try - Pink
• Gangnam Style - Psy
• Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
• Moves Like Jagger, Misery - Maroon 5
• Boyfriend, Beauty And A Beat - Justin Beiber
• Love You Like a Love Song - Selena Gomez
• Grenade, When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars
• Clocks - Coldplay
• The Final Countdown - Europe
• Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
• Hey There Delilah - Plain White T’s
• How to Save a Life - The Fray
• Ave Maria
• Moonlight Sonata
• Ode to Joy
MOVIES AND MUSICALS:
• A Whole New World
• Phantom of the Opera
• Jurassic Park Theme
Want a song that's not available? Suggest songs on Smule’s Facebook or Google+ page: www.facebook.com/smule and http://gplus.to/smule
SHARE YOUR PERFORMANCES WITH THE WORLD!
Share the beauty of music with your friends and other Magic Piano players.
-Broadcast your performances on the in-app Smule Globe or listen to other players' songs and give their performances some love.
-Share your pieces through Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS.
1) We have discovered a minor, non-functionality impacting issue on the Nexus 10. We are aware of this and are working with Google to address the issue.
2) While you can use your existing Smule account with Magic Piano on Android, the content of the apps differ substantially, and consequently songs and Smoola are not shared between iOS and Android. Thank you for your understanding.
3) For some devices where we know there are issues, we have restricted installs for now. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S II has audio bugs in the phone itself that make the Magic Piano experience... well, not so magical. However, Android hardware and software are constantly improving so if we are able to support some of these devices in the future we absolutely will!