App review by Andrea Meyers, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2019
Vanido - Your Personal Singing Coach
Get it now

Vanido - Your Personal Singing Coach

Vocal exercise app is a neat supplement but needs better feedback

Get it now
Learning rating
Editorial review by Common Sense Education
Community rating
Not yet reviewed Write a review
Privacy rating
Not yet rated Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
6–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Arts

Take a look inside

8 images

Pros: Singers can get started quickly, and even casual musicians will find the vocal exercises easy to follow with visual prompts.

Cons: Feedback is limited to pitch matching and keeping tempo. There's no education version with extras for teachers.

Bottom Line: It could work for self-motivated students looking to experiment, but it's not a great fit for classrooms and doesn't replace a music teacher or vocal coach.

Teachers should demonstrate the app to students and explain the visual feedback for each exercise. Project the app with an interactive whiteboard and show how a practice session works, and then give students opportunities to try it on their iOS devices. Since the app is for personal use, it's best used outside of school, where students can practice in a quiet environment and work on improving. Teachers can then use class time to check in with students and offer tips for success, such as warm-up activities like breathing exercises and facial muscle relaxation before practicing with the app. Students can report back to teachers on how they're doing and ask for advice, perhaps doing solo performances for critique.

Continue reading Show less

Vanido is an iOS app for vocal practice. Users need to create an account via Google, Facebook, or email address. The app begins by testing vocal range and then adjusts the exercises based on voice type. Singers receive three free exercises per day that work on head voice, chest voice, and foundational skills. The paid subscription includes scales and agility exercises and offers unlimited monthly or yearly access to all exercises. To practice with real songs, users can connect to Spotify Premium or Apple Music accounts and sing along. 

No education accounts and no integration with classroom management systems mean that teachers won't receive student progress reports. To work around the limitations, teachers could design a way to have students record samples of their vocal work at home and share them with the teacher. 

On the plus side, teachers will find that Vanido's vocal exercises may be very similar to those in their own classrooms. However, while Vanido does identify issues, it doesn't give instructions on how to correctly achieve good vocal performance outcomes. This means it could be easy for budding singers to develop bad habits tuned to the ways this app analyzes performance. In order for students to use the app effectively, teachers will need to be proactive and make sure that they're already teaching foundational vocal concepts, such as what it means to "drop your jaw," what "head voice" and "chest voice" refer to, how to correctly straighten a voice or add vibrato, and how to control breathing. If at-home use of Vanido is combined with this more substantive in-person instruction and also in-person performance and critique, it could be helpful for students needing some motivation. Vanido definitely benefits from a great gimmick and excellent design that students will likely be drawn to. But as a solely self-driven learning tool without any teacher support, it'll likely be more of cool curiosity than something transformative.

Because students will need to create personal accounts and the privacy policy states that data is collected, teachers should make sure that the app is approved for use in their school district.

Overall Rating

Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

The app rates each exercise, and students level up with daily practice. Singers who prefer traditional practice may not be interested. Others who are motivated by point systems and new ways to practice may enjoy adding it to their routine.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Though student performances get point-based ratings, there isn't specific feedback on how to improve. Singers will want to consult with a teacher for personalized support.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

The design is easy to follow, and students see demonstrations (piano and voice) of how each exercise works. However, once an account is set up, there isn't an option to start over if the exercise ranges are too high or low.


Common Sense reviewer
Andrea Meyers Instructional Facilitator of Technology

Community Rating

No one has reviewed this tool yet. Be the first to share your thoughts.

Add your rating

Privacy Rating

This tool has not yet been rated by our privacy team. Learn more about our privacy ratings