Teacher Review For Musical Me - by Duck Duck Moose

Preschoolers practice rhythm and critical thinking through music

Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I got this app for my three year old son so that he could practice language and following directions. The music in this app is full of nursery rhymes that offer simple and familiar tunes with predictable language patterns. My son has special needs, so music is a great tool for him to access language, and this app did not disappoint! It offered a variety of ways for him to interact with the music in a fun and engaging way. He could make characters dance to the music, he could play the tune himself by touching birds that played each note of a song, he could choose different musical instruments to play along with the music, and he could even create his own music by placing musical notes on a staff. There is also a memory game in which the player must copy the musical pattern which is a great critical thinking activity. There is not a lot of differentiation within each activity, but there were a lot of different ways to interact with the music, so my son did not seem to notice. There is the choice to move on to another activity whenever you want, but you have to move in a certain order. There is no choice for which song you use in the activity. This app is appropriate for preschoolers to use independently, and it gives language experiences that will introduce foundational skills used to build on common core standards such as RF.K.2.a Recognize and produce rhyming words. RF.1.4.b Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression. RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g. regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
My Take
This is an engaging and educational app for preschoolers. It not only teaches musical theory, but it teaches language concepts such as rhythm, pattern, and rhyme, which are building blocks for reading. Although this is a worth-while app for preschoolers, it is meant to be used individually and independently, and not necessarily for use in a classroom.