Monday, January 13, 2014
Sketch-A-Song (best free Android apps for kids)
Apps like Sketch-A-Song are what keep me addicted to searching for good apps. This is a really great find! Sketch-A-Song is a fully free (free to download with no in-app purchases) music composition app that is excellent quality and suitable for all ages. No musical knowledge or ability is required to produce masterpieces, making music accessible to all. You will not want to pass up this creativity app.
I have come across quite a few music mixer apps over the past couple of years, but there only seem to be a few with kid-friendly user interfaces. This one presents each measure as a set of sketches, with two chords per measure. Instrumental sections are represented by different colors and so when the sound bites are placed on the page, it creates a multicolored pattern. Children can experiment with different patterns of color, or even create pictures to see what it sounds like. Initially, a single measure is filled, and continuously looped, but extra measures (with different chords) can be added to create a full piece of music. There is the option to have the metronome play (which really is just a percussion track) and a short tutorial explains the basic music making process.
Australian Curriculum describes Creative Thinking thus:
"Creative thinking involves students in learning to generate and apply new ideas in specific contexts, seeing existing situations in a new way, identifying alternative explanations, and seeing or making new links that generate a positive outcome. This includes combining parts to form something original, sifting and refining ideas to discover possibilities, constructing theories and objects, and acting on intuition. The products of creative endeavour can involve complex representations and images, investigations and performances, digital and computer-generated output, or occur as virtual reality."
All of my children love the satisfaction of making something new and original. It gives them a sense of achievement and boosts their self-esteem. The songs they create in Sketch-A-Song are saved and listened to or edited later. Even though there is the option to choose from 15 pre-made Grooves, no two songs are ever the same. I cannot recommend this app highly enough.
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
Create your own music with Sketch-a-Song! Our colorful, intuitive interface makes it fun and easy for anyone to make music in seconds.
“Sketch-a-Song brings composition to life for students of all ages. This app is so fun, visually appealing, and easy to use. My students don’t even realize they’re learning!” – Julie Wild, Music Teacher.
- “Like an orchestra in your iPad” – Raymond, age 9
- “No matter what you do, it almost always sounds pretty good” – Nate, age 11
Try it now and see why kids and people of all ages LOVE composing in color with Sketch-a-Song. Express your creativity, learn the fundamentals of music composition and increase your music appreciation while having a blast!
Here’s how it works:
SKETCH YOUR SONG
- Create music more easily than ever! Simply tap and drag to create, move, and edit notes.
- Build your own ensemble from over 40 free instruments without navigating complicated menus or settings.
- Connect visual patterns with sounds using our colorful, intuitive interface.
- Hear your song play back in real time as you build it.
INNOVATIVE SKETCHPAD SYSTEM
- Experience our patent-pending musical system, which takes advantage of time-tested music theory principles to make sure that your music sounds harmonious.
- Explore eight different sketchpads and characters, each with their own unique personality and sound.
- Add measures to link sketchpads together and create a beautiful backdrop for your masterpiece!
- Play all of your favorite instruments like a virtuoso.
- Enjoy using high quality samples of over 40 real instruments ranging from rock and pop to orchestral.
- Experiment with melodic instruments in five categories: Keyboards, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, and Voices!
- Master drums and percussion instruments from around the world.
No matter who you are or what your background is, Sketch-a-Song makes music accessible and rewarding.
PARENTS: empower your child and ignite a lifelong love of music through genuine creativity. TEACHERS: supplement your lessons with an accessible and immediate way to demonstrate instrumentation, rhythm, melody, harmony, and more.
KIDS: impress your friends with your awesome songs and have a great time experimenting with musical melodies. Anyone can have fun composing music with Sketch-a-Song.
NOTE: Sketch-a-Song is (and always will be) AD FREE. We do not require an account and collect no private data. We value your experience and your privacy.
For more please see: http://sketchasong.com/privacy/
We are always looking for ways to enhance your experience. Please email us with any suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as quickly as we can. Find out what kids say about Sketch-a-Song at www.sketchasong.com Download now to experience it for yourself!