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A Jazzy Day - Music Education Book for Kids

A Jazzy Day - Music Education Book for Kids

Fall 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Developer: Dana Morgan
Director: Daniel Ori
Developer: The Melody Book
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

A Jazzy Day is a terrific interactive book app that teaches children about jazz by introducing them to all of the different instruments in a jazz band and how they sound. The story can be read to them or they can read it on their own. As each instrument is introduced, children hear how it sounds. Children can click on the keys of a vibraphone, for example, to hear its different tones. Or they can play an alto sax, a tenor sax and a baritone sax, one after the other, to get a sense of the different sounds that each of the saxophones produces. Each instrument is played by a different animal character, which helps reinforce their differences in sound. At the end of the book, the instruments all come together to form the "big band" and readers can listen to how the instruments play off of each other. There are also games that challenge users to listen to the sound of an instrument and then figure out which one is making that sound.

The app is nicely illustrated and the sound production is exceptional. For being a tool introducing children to jazz, A Jazzy Day is unique, educational and entertaining, and it is worth trying for children interested in learning more about music.

Jessica Hensley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

Look for this product at:
The Melody Book
Available on iTunes

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