May 15, 2023
With the Bandimal app from Yatatoy, prekindergarten and kindergarten children in iOS-infused classrooms can create electronic music using cartoon animals as instruments. There are nine animals, each with its own range of electronic sounds, from low to high. Larger animals have lower voices, and smaller animals have higher voices. Children select up to three animals in a composition and set the number and range of notes for each. The app also has 12 percussion sounds, increasing the range of music possibilities. As children build their music creations, all the parts come together, and the animals comically move, dance, and change expressions along with the music.
The app’s piano is based on an African kalimba—a kind of thumb piano—and is limited to the key of C and a five-note (pentatonic) scale, making it easy for children to compose something that sounds good. To put the focus even more on play and sound, there is no musical notation or text—just the piano and characters. The app saves the compositions automatically, so children can return to their creations to play or edit as often as they want. Cost: $3.99