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SoundBrush
Paint with music...sounds like fun and it is!
Publisher: Medly Labs Inc.

Why we love this app

This is one of those apps which is not designed for use by young learners, but it is such fun for them. Paint lines and dots or even letters and then listen to the music your drawing makes. This is an open-ended tool which could be used from three to 93.

What it teaches and how it works

When you draw on the screen in Sound Brush each dip in a line or dot of "sound paint" creates a series of tones or notes. Choose from a small collection of instruments, each with its own color. The correlation between up and down on the screen and up and down on a musical scale is a simple lesson. More advanced exploration is possible, too. Musical masterpieces can be saved and even exported and shared.

Why your kid won't be able to put it down

Children seen using this app seem to delight in "scribbling" music at first, and then later move toward drawing letters or simple pictures to hear what they sound like. Some children try little lines and dots to hear how notes combine. There's so much open exploration and a bit of a cacophony of noisy learning. No mistakes - only creativity and exploration. What's not to love?

appoLearning Report Card
Score
91
Educational Content
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Kid Appeal
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Assessment
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Features and Design
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Value
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Doesn't require additional in-app spending dot dot dot
Safety and Privacy
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