music

Tune Train

Tune Train

Tune Train is a free app that lets users compose simple melodies through a fun and unique interface. Students use a train to pick up passengers who each play a different note along a route. Using a finger swipe, users guide the train from one station to the other, moving horizontally across the screen to compose. Passengers/tones are organized vertically at points between the two stations; with lower tones lower on the screen moving to higher tones further up the screen. It’s easy to intuitively compose up and down the lines of passengers as users connect the train from one station to the other. Different themes, accompaniment music options, and an icon that allows users to see the composition written as sheet music add depth and breadth to this app’s already varied applicability.

Tune Train is suitable for Lower Primary and Upper Primary.

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Garage Band

Garage Band

Garage Band is free music composition app available from Apple. Users choose from instruments like guitar, drums and piano to create and record musical compositions. Garage Band also allows users to record their own voices or instrumentals and will playback the composition while mixing all the tracks together. In-app purchases unlock additional instruments and advanced settings. Garage Band is extremely scalable and can be as simple or as complex as the ability and interest of its user; a younger student might enjoy hearing the different instruments and exploring rhythms while an older student may progress to original compositions and complex arrangements.

Garage Band is suitable for Early Childhood, Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Secondary.