Thrifty Thursdays: Free Music Apps For Kids!



Calling all parents! For this weeks Thrifty Thursday, I wanted to share with you my favorite sites for free, family-centered kids music apps!


Check them out:


1. Tune Train

Ages: 4 – 8

Tune Train is a music creation and composition app that guides kids to create their first original melody—simply by drawing lines! In fact, this is also where the app got its name—as the student draws out the train tracks, the melody appears. When the composition is complete, the student can then choose to hear it performed in various genres from classical to jazz to funk and more. The app also offers different themes in addition to the train, including candy, rainbows, caves, beaches and more.


2. Kids Song Machine 2

Ages: 4 to 6

  • Get it for iTunes (some songs are free; others are available with a paid upgrade)
  • Get it for Android (free)

Kids Song Machine 2 is the equally successful follow-up app to the best selling Kids Song Machine, which has been downloaded more than two million times to date. With the follow-up, kids learn about music and geography, traveling around the world one song at a time.


3. Tap A Tune

Ages: 2+

Tap A Tune teaches toddlers about music using cute animals. The animals are set up in a xylophone-type pattern on the screen. Each animal, when tapped, emits a distinctive tone. The app offers a preset selection of nursery rhymes and kids’ songs.


4. My Note Games

Ages: 6+

My Note Games received kudos from BBC Click and was nominated for a “Learning Without Frontiers” award in 2012. The app teaches kids by watching them practice their instruments. When a note is played properly in correct sequence, it “flies” off the screen. There are also a variety of extra learning aids to help kids learn notes and tune their instruments.


5. Kids Music Piano

Ages: 2+

This  toddlers lets kids choose from piano, guitar, xylophone and drums to play. Learning opportunities include musical notes, colors, sounds and letters.


6. Notable

Ages: K-10

Notable teaches beginning music students how to read sheet music. The app offers both bass and treble clefs and is applicable for both vocal and instrumental students. You can even get statistics to track your progress.


7. Animal Orchestra

Ages: 2-6

Animal Orchestra is a popular app for kids, but it also wins rave reviews from parents and music teachers. The app uses animals to teach kids more than just sounds and notes. The app is actually a game that invites kids to try out different instruments and get to know them by name, by sight and by sound.


8. Kids Musical Challenges

Ages: 3-12

Kids Musical Challenges teaches kids about music in a series of three games with escalating difficulty levels. Byproducts of playing the games include improved memory and coordination. Games will teach notation, playback skills, sounds, instrument shapes and names and more.


9. Drumz Kids Free

Ages: 6+

This app is the first music app to teach kids how to play the drums in a fun and exciting way, by way of musical stylings from around the world



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