Music to our ears! Kids’ Ipad App Reviews

My hubby and I are pretty much tone deaf. The only exposure our daughter really gets to music is the radio playing in the background or in the car. We have abandoned music classes because, if this is hereditary, it’s probably better to spend our money elsewhere. However, I was recently sent the following two music apps which we really like and hopefully will foster an appreciation of Music.

Tap-A-Tune (free)by the folks at Mindshapes, this app reminds me of whack-a-mole. You have the option of either a keyboard or mole holes, where a selection of hilarious characters pop up and by clicking on them in order you end up playing a nursery rhyme. You can choose from a selection of Nursery Rhymes and instruments. There is also an option that allows children to create their own music and another for babies; no matter what they click it will play a nursery rhyme.


Meet the Orchestra (£1.49) this is an excellent app that introduces children to the different sections of the Orchestra (Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Strings, Piano). Children can tap on each of the instruments to listen to the sound they make. After exploring the instruments there are a selection of quizzes.; identify by appearance, find by sound, matching and my favourite but a bit challenging for my four year old, defining the order where they listen to a short piece of music and then they have to press on the instruments in the order that they hear them. The graphics are amazing along with the sound. Shortly after playing this app we attended a children’s concert by the local Symphony Orchestra and said mummy ‘that’s a violin’! Brilliant!


ZingZillas – The Album

Finally, a Children’s Album that doesn’t make me want to scratch my eyes out!  You won’t find annoying songs like a Spoon Full of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite or Three Little Fishies on this album.

Instead, there is a great mix of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Samba and Big Band Orchestra.  One of my favourites is Bhangra Beat, nothing like a bit of Bollywood.  It reminds me of Jai Ho from the Slumdog Millionaire Sound track!  We’ve been bopping to this Album since it arrived earlier in the week.

It’s being released on the 4th of October and you can pre-order your copy here!