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A Jazzy Day: Swinging with the Big Band

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Phonics, Interactive Stories, Reading Comprehension, Music, Listening, Memory

What we like best:

Cute graphics and a fun beat make this app a great way to explore music!

What you should know:

The story is a bit long and can lag at times, so it might be harder to get through the whole thing with younger readers.
Full Review:

From pianos and vibraphones to trumpets and trombones, it takes a lot to get some good jazz music flowing. This delightful and cute interactive story app will help teach kids all about different types of instruments and the sounds that they make.

The cute tale follows two kittens (full of treble and bass) as their dad takes them on an adventure to see how big band jazz music is made. Follow along with all the introductions to instruments and sections of the band and how it works. Join in on the educational experience with interactive graphics and segments to learn the name and sound of each instrument before it becomes part of the whole.

The app also comes with a fun game quizzing section to test your knowledge. Can you remember what the alto saxophone sounds like? How about the vibraphone? You can also review all the facts that you've learned by going through the alphabet of instruments you have learned in the “Learn” section.

Reviewed 2012-10-10 on iPad iOS5 by Suzanna Kincaid

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Price:$4.99
Grade:Kindergarten
Topic:Reading
Platform:Apple
Publisher:The Melody Book LLC
Standards:Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (With prompting and support describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g. what person place thing or idea in the text an illustration depicts).