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Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Music and Composing

Students can listen to music, make it, or both as they experiment with rhythm, pitch, and lyrics. Watch them turn tunes from major to minor, hear songs arranged for a range of instruments, and make themed playlists.

Musical Me - by Duck Duck Moose Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Lively activities introduce kids to music, rhythm, and instruments
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Monsterpiece Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
Silly Muppets make learning music fun for young kids
Grades Pre-K-K
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms 3DS, Nintendo DS, Wii
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Easy Music - Give kids an ear for music Publisher: Edoki
Music-exploration app offers great balance of play and guidance
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Musical Paint for Kids Publisher: Building Blocks Media
Create digital drawings, explore musical tones
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Piano Maestro by JoyTunes Publisher: JoyTunes
Great sharing features help parents, teachers support piano practice
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Piano Practice with Wolfie Publisher: Tonara Ltd.
Stellar piano practice tool supports reflection, persistence
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
LOOPIMAL by YATATOY Publisher: Lucas Zanotto
Dip a toe into DJing with drag-and-drop music app
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
My First Classical Music App HD Publisher: Naxos Digital Services Ltd.
Inviting, interactive app makes learning classical music fun
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
BrainPOP: Arts & Music Visit Website: http://www.brainpop.com
Arts integration resource gets kids rocking, from pop art to hip-hop
Grades K-8
Type Website
Price From $220
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Smithsonian Folkways Visit Website: http://www.folkways.si.edu/index.aspx
Text-centric world music site could use more activities, music
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten Publisher: Britten Pears Foundation
Spirited digital re-creation of an educationally sound musical classic
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
AtPlayMusic Recorder Publisher: AtPlayMusic LLC
Well-designed lessons, fun animations teach kids to play the recorder
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
BandBlast - The Music Education Revolution Publisher: BTS Design Group Inc.
Games, videos infuse music practice with play and personality
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful music workstation unleashes the musician in us all
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Sound Shapes Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Jazzy music game lets kids design levels and create music
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price 14.99
Platforms PS3, PS Vita
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Audacity Visit Website: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Free online music-maker also a lesson in open-source software quality
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Musical Futures Publisher: Dialect Inc.
Multimedia-rich magazine highlights free international music curriculum
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
iTooch Music Publisher: eduPad
Charming visuals, challenging quizzes build solid musical knowledge
Grades 6-9
Type App
Price $5.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Beatles: Rock Band Publisher: MTV Games
Iconic music becomes interactive in this rockin' rhythm game
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price $60-$249
Platforms Wii, PS3, Xbox 360
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Noteflight Visit Website: http://www.noteflight.com
Safe, collaborative space for creating and sharing original music
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Orchestra Publisher: Touch Press LLP
Stellar interactive features bring classical music vibrantly to life
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $13.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
SmartMusic Visit Website: http://www.smartmusic.com/
Music practice tool offers useful exercises but needs fine-tuning
Grades 7-9
Type Website
Price $140/year
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Flat Visit Website: https://flat.io
Terrific composition tool empowers budding musicians to create, share
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated