With hundreds of new kids' apps appearing on the App Store each day, finding the next great one can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Then again, if you're lucky, you may just hear it singing a familiar tune. Today, Barnyard Bluegrass, already the recipient of many glowing reviews from education and parenting blogs, received some resounding applause when named a "Best Kids' App Pick" by Parenting's Technology Staff. Barnyard Bluegrass is indeed like nothing else on the App Store, delivering loads of authentic bluegrass music and learning in a variety of engaging ways.
Full App Description:
Are you tired of hearing the same torturous music from your child's favorite app? Barnyard Bluegrass is here to help! This lovable band of animated farm animals comes equipped with banjos, fiddles, basses, mandolins and guitars and they aren't afraid to use them. Offering seven complete songs - with accompanying read along lyrics - children can enjoy fantastic on-demand music using an interface simple enough for a toddler. Perhaps more importantly, parents may find themselves asking to turn the volume up, rather than down.
As if that wasn't enough, there are three other areas of the app where visitors can delve deeper into the genre and make music of their own. Users can select an instrument and play it using a simple one-finger controller, read about the instruments and hear samples, or head to the farmer's porch and jam with the entire band. Each area offers a different perspective on the music and gives young learners plenty of room to explore and create.
Tapping into children's existing love of song, Barnyard Bluegrass offers "yee-haw worthy" renditions of classics like Old MacDonald, Turkey in the Straw, and Hole in the Bucket. For a more traditional taste of the style, there are several ageless bluegrass standards, namely: Pig in a Pen, Blue Railroad Train, Cluck Old Hen, and Nine Pound Hammer.
To bring this much loved genre to life, we called upon Astrograss, a fixture in both the New York City Bluegrass and Kids Music Scene, to perform and record just those tunes that would best connect to young users. All music was recorded and mixed at Inner Harbor Studios, NYC and was mastered specifically for Apple devices.
Barnyard Bluegrass is available in both LITE(free) and FULL ($1.99) versions and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
via PR Mac