Illustrated by Beatles collaborator Alan Aldridge, Make Me Music offers pre-schoolers hands-on tune creation while it gently stretches a three-year-old’s experience of what constitutes an instrument.
There are three different song-making melodies — banjo, guitar, and trumpet — to which the player can add a rag-tag, kitchen-sink range of instruments. While the tambourine and maracas will be familiar to most kids, Make Me Music also throws in more unusual offerings like the digeridoo and kalimba, as well as a few off-the-wall choices including an operatically-inclined bread box and a spider’s web that mimics a harp.
Kids can also record while they play. Whether a child chooses to sing along or just compose a song, the app gives him a chance to share the tune via email as an .m4a file or make another song.
The app only saves one song at a time, so if a child wants to keep his musical ramblings for posterity, it’s probably best to email them all.
Even if a child chooses not to record anything, there’s still a large number of sounds he can explore while playing Make Me Music. Tapping the flowers at the bottom of the screen toggles additional percussive accompaniments off and on. He can even turn off the melody by tapping the picture of the banjo, guitar or trumpet.
Download Make Me Music from the App Store for $1.99. Not only will this universal app brighten your iPad, but it will work on an iPhone or iPod touch as well.
What I liked: Make Me Music is accessible for a young child without being simplistic.
What I didn’t like: It would be great to be able to save more than one song at a time.
To buy or not to buy: Make Me Music is the rare app that kids will enjoy and parents will embrace. It’s wholesome, creative, and pre-schoolers will enjoy exploring the many sounds included with the app.
- App Name: Make Me Music
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
- Category: Music
- Developer: Fee Fi Fo Fun
- Price: $1.99