“Mom, I don’t want to practice right now, my favorite show is on!”
That’s what I used to say all the time because music learning wasn’t my favorite after school activity. Then we “had a talk.” My mom says that everyone should have more fun – grownups, too – by finding ways to turn work and learning into play. Then she showed me some music games for kids just like me!
She said that playing games is the way that kids learn best. We figure out how to follow rules and take turns but in a fun way. She’s right. When I was little, some of the board games I played helped me learn colors, numbers and shapes. I learned to make up stories when I played dress-up. And mom says there are a lot of other things I learned from playing games, like math, art and sharing with my friends.
Now, my mom is looking for ways to teach me music when I’m playing. I remember the first time I tried to play an instrument. We were at the park, and there were some pretend drums that were attached to the play set. I loved to bang on those drums! My mom came over and sang a song. She taught me how to hit the drums to the beat of the song. It was really fun!
Once, some of my friends came over, and we made instruments out of cardboard tubes and boxes. We had pretend drums and horns, and we marched around like we were in a parade. It was kind of goofy, but we sure had a good time.
Now, my mom has found some really cool music games I can play on her iPad®. My favorite games are on the AtPlayMusic app! When I play with the app, they can hear what I’m doing. So if I play a note the right way, I can earn points from the teaching games that will earn me a “Certificate of Accomplishment”. My favorite game is the pinwheel game, where I can blow into the instrument to make the pinwheel spin. And then the audio meter – if I blow louder, the meter needle goes to the top and my avatar teacher Mr. Noteworthy covers his ears. If I blow softer Mr. Noteworthy gives a big smile and thumbs up. Learning music on the iPad is the most fun. And best of all, I like to practice on my own more so I can earn another certificate. Mom doesn’t even have to ask me now!
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