Touch (or press) the octopus icon to compose a lesson. As soon as you do that, you will see that the row of birds (default) has been replaced with an actual melody which consists of seven animals. The last space is intentionally left blank.
Every time you touch the octopus button, the existing lesson will be overwritten with a new one.
Touch (or press) the rabbit or turtle button to listen.
Listening is a very important part of the learning process and you must never skip this step. The faster speed (rabbit) is meant for listening and the slower speed (turtle) is ideal for watching the animation. Let the student pick which one they prefer and if you feel that it would be beneficial to listen or watch one more time then "pretend" that you need a little more help. Remember that you are the student and that the child teaches you. ;)
Please come back to this stage as often as needed, especially when editing the melody.
The heart of the app is the powerful composition module which allows the creation of over 100000 unique lessons and is so easy to use that even young children can quickly learn how to edit the melody.
Use the up and down arrows to rotate the animals.
Spend between 2 to 10 minutes with making edits and listening. After that, encourage the student to actually play the composition at a slow but steady speed. To help you with the tempo (speed) it is best if you imagine walking up a set of stairs. Every step takes the same time to complete. This is why listening (rabbit / turtle) is crucial not only for playing the right notes, but also for establishing a steady speed.
After your child watches and listens to the melody twice, it's time to actually play it.
The big animals act as the keyboard. Each animal represents a piano key. Starting at the left, the note names are:
To help you teach, the little animals can be touched and by doing so, the big animals (bottom of screen) will briefly move and make a sound. This feature is also handy to see and hear new changes without the use of the turtle or rabbit buttons.
We suggest that you encourage your little composer to play each lesson 3 times before generating a new one.