In an effort to make effective, early music education accessible for children everywhere, Generategy, LLC has released Music Learning Lab 1.0.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The App prepares learners for music appreciation, using music software such as GarageBand, and further music instruction privately or in school.
"With the launch of Music Learning Lab, Generategy has an opportunity not only to foster the success of many budding musicians, but to demonstrate the real potential of apps in education. Our goal was not simply to make learning music fundamentals fun, but to help kids find the fun in learning and making music," said company co-founder and General Manager Russell Layng, a philosophy major at Tulane University and jazz drummer.
"Through three different sections, 'Learn,' 'Create,' and 'Play,' Music Learning Lab offers a balanced, well-rounded approach to music education."
In the Learn area, 14 lessons of increasing complexity teach foundational music skills. The Play area comprises 3 mini-games to practice and extend these skills. Rewards specific to music learning are built into the program to keep learners motivated and engaged completing lessons and levels unlocks up to 15 instruments and 9 backing bands to use in the Create area. The Create area allows learners to freely express their newly acquired skills by composing their own musical pieces, using 2 instruments, drums, and a backing band all at once. Learners can choose pitches, add longer melodies and drum patterns to their pieces, and try different instruments and backing bands. Once composed, learners can see their piece performed by an animated band.
"Traditionally, music instruction starts with concepts that are difficult to master without certain skills. We identified these necessary skills higher and lower pitch discrimination, interpreting sounds and melodies as written symbols, interpreting written symbols as sounds and designed the lessons in Music Learning Lab using methods that combine our love and knowledge of music with principles derived from basic learning sciences research," said Generategy co-founder Dr. Paul Andronis, a learning scientist who trained in classical piano for 18 years. Dr. Andronis is currently Chair of the Department of Psychology at Northern Michigan University.
Music Learning Lab 1.0.2 is free to download and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. The app features a $6.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) in-app purchase for a Full Version upgrade. App Store descriptions are currently localized for Spanish and Japanese, with more languages coming soon. A version of the program eligible for the Apple Volume Purchase Program Education Store will be available this month. Mac OS X compatible versions will be available summer, 2013.
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