App Name: Piano Monkey
Kid/Teen Testers Ratings: **** 4/5
Mom/Teacher/Adult Ratings: **** 4/5
Educational Value: Excellent
Fun Factor: low MEDIUM high
Recommended Ages: 4 and up
Skills Developed: Note Names
Reviewed on: iPad (available for iPad, iPhone, )
Good stuff about this app:
As if the fun “popping” sound isn’t enough, the smiling monkey will attract the kids who are learning their notes. This app has all the flash card goodness in a fun atmosphere. Learners are able to choose which clef they would like to work on; treble clef, bass clef, or grand clef. Then through a series of pages, they get to guess which note is showing. They do not press the correct key on the piano keyboard (shown above the screen), instead they tap the correct letter name shown below. There are three options, so they stand a good chance of getting it right. This helps those beginners get some early success.
The kids who have been playing this app in my studio like it a lot! I have had a lot of success with the 5 and 6 year olds especially. The older (8,9,10) ones see it as a novelty but didn’t go too crazy over it.
I really liked that there is a time shown for each round played. I have always used a timer in my studio and this made it even easier for me. I asked the kids to see what their lowest score is after playing 3 rounds and we marked it in their lesson book. Their job is to improve their time and score each week. Very effective if you ask me.
I love that flash cards can be fun again! I am excited that I can tell the app which clef I want to use, making this app versatile for violin, flute and guitar students as well. Younger kids get a kick out of it simply because it is on the screen. And, you have to admit the monkey has an adorable face.
Our Wish List: I wish there were a control option to choose called “automatic next” where the app would simply go to the next note when a correct answer is chosen. I guess I’m all about getting the most out of my time. The kids love pushing buttons or shaking though. I am an advocate for levels and rewards for young children, and there aren’t any on this app. This app gives you a score, but that may not be the most motivating factor for a child wanting to return to this app on their own.
Summary: All-in-all it’s a very good app for getting those notes down. I can use this in my private lessons, in group class, and assign it for home practice as well. Win-Win!
Buy Piano Monkey on iTunes iPad now for: $.99
Or for iPhone for $.99: (below)
Have you already downloaded this app and used it? Leave your comments here and tell us what you thought of it. Thanks! -Rebecca