Research has shown that learning music at a young age can be a huge advantage later in life. Now you can start your young one on the piano with Oneapp’s educational game app, titled Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano (or even if you have a passing interest in learning how to play plano).
As the title suggests, the musical focus of this app is in the nursery rhyme, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. There are four ways users can experience this song, all of which can be accessed from the home screen. The song beings once the Start button is tapped. In Play And Sing Along, the piano key associated with the note being sung will light up for you to play along with. There are no words in this section, but Karaoke Mode can help you learn the words in English, French, and Spanish; Free Style Mode features the words, but no highlighted keys. For more advanced users, Learn the Song shows you the music note on an actual staff along with highlighted keys.
In all sections, tapping the button with the piano keys will roll out a menu in which you can change the instrument sound; the barnyard animal one is especially interesting. There is also an option to record yourself singing and playing the piano on the app, but you’ll need a microphone for that if you’re on the iPod Touch. The menu hides itself during the song, so tap the brown bar right in the middle to reveal it. Unfortunately, there is no pause button, so every time you stop, you’re sent right back to the beginning of the song.
This app was designed with preschool-aged people in mind, which means everything is as simple to follow along with as possible. The touch keyboard is fantastic to play on, and the graphics are colorful and playful. I especially like that this app teaches you the words in three different languages! It’s a great introduction to music, and it makes me sad that there is no complement for the string family (being a violin player myself). You can’t go wrong with a classic like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and with all this concentration on one song, your child will master it in no time! (But perhaps not before driving you insane.)
Here is a video demo of the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybo app on the iPhone
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