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New app teaches children how to compose and play music

Little Composers developed a ground-braking app that teaches children how to compose music. As you can guess by the name, Little Composers introduces young children to music by letting them compose their own lessons. This is made possible with the intuitive Creative Children Compose Music app (see image below).

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How to use the CCCM app

Composing music is possible if a parent (or mentor) explains a few simple rues. The first and most important rule is to differentiate between two groups of keys. The first group (red) are the keys C, E and G. The second group (grey) is made up of the keys B, D, F and G (the same G that belongs to the red group).
To provide a visual clue, we’ve made the C, E and G keys somewhat darker which makes them easy to recognize. The other group (grey) can be quickly found by looking at the three white keys to the left of the grey keys. It’s best to just load the app and play a few grey keys and then some white keys. You will instantly hear that what ever key you play sounds like real music. The reason why we have limited the number of keys that can be played is simply to speed up learning. You may know that a real grand piano has 88 keys which make no sense to beginners and take weeks of practice to get something useful out of and even then, it’s just some simple made-up tune that kids forget by the time they move on to the next lesson.

How to make a composition

The CCCM app opens in “practice mode” which means that you (the mentor) or the child (the student) can just play a bit without awakening the built-in recording machine. Once ready, simply touch or click once on the blocks above the keyboard. Now the first block will blink and which ever key you press will be recorded into that block. To fill the first four red blocks, you simply play any of the grey keys in any order you like. Then it is time to fill they grey blocks. To do so, play the white keys to the left of the grey keys. Their names are B, D, F and as an exception, you can reuse the G key. So all in all, you have four keys to choose from when you fill the grey blocks. To finish the composition, you switch back to using only the grey keys three more times. Remember that it’s up to you which ones to choose. As long as they are from the right group, they will sound right.

Listen to your composition

When you are finished, you can listen to the composition by touching the tape icon (two reels). Please listen carefully because the way the recorder plays you melody is the right way to play it. You should encourage your child to listen to the whole melody and then give it a try and play it.
The intelligent “erase and replace” mode let’s you make a correction if needed. To erase and replace a note name with a new one simply touch the block and it will blink just as it did during the original recording. Then simply press a new piano key which will overwrite the old note name. That’s it. You can do this as often as you with or use the red triangle (top right corner) and select NOW to start over.

Save your masterpiece

The drop-down menu which you just saw how a few more buttons that you might want to try. The SAVE button will save an image to your device with the name “myComposition.jpg”.
If your child loves the composition she / he made then you are welcome to upload it to the Famous Little Composers Gallery where we will post it for all to see.

Give the CCCM app a try and make a few compositions. You don’t need any prior music experience to use this amazing app and who knows, you might just have a Little Composer in your family?

New Music Lessons Apps for the Classroom 2015

Little Composers just finished preparing a special package for music schools who are searching for new music lessons apps for the classroom. 

Little Composers invites representatives of music schools and music studio owners to contact us so that we can assist you in preparing for the 2015 2016 school year. We are always working on new apps and because we have a long history of teaching, we understand your situation and will try out best to help and support you.

New Music Lessons Apps especially made to support music teachers

Many students love music school and look forward to each and every lesson. So much has changed and now that so many of the students have high end cell phones and tablet computers, music teachers are beginning to take advantage of the readily available technology. There are all kinds of apps out there and just looking for something specific can be daunting.

PRE PiANO NOTES

This app is ideal for music students who already know some of the note names and whose teacher is keen on introducing them to composing their own music. Little Composers has all kinds of PRE PiANO apps for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. If you are interested in mentoring your students and guiding them as they begin to compose music then check out all three of the PRE PiANO titles and give your students the very best apps available.

Supplemental music apps for the classroom

Some of our educational apps for Little Composers are especially designed for teaching the note names. Both, treble and bass clef versions are available and help new students with memorizing the note names faster. Later, we will also release more titles with teach chord names and chord progressions to help music students understand and expand their composition skills.

Creative Children Compose Music

To learn how Little Composers came to be visit our website and check out the about us page

New FREE Music App for Children

PRE PiANO (by Little Composers) is a new free music app for children and lays the foundation for composing and playing simple melodies.image of a little girl looking at the pre piano screen which is a new free music app for children

Can Little Children Compose?

Yes. PRE PiANO has a user interface so simple that a three-year-old can understand it within minutes and you, the mentor, instantly. Because PRE PiANO is for children of age three and up, symbols are used instead of piano keys and the same symbols also serve as notes. Easy to use up and down arrow keys can change the image and touching the image produces the right sound.

This simple recipe was first used to teach a little girl who wanted to have piano lessons at age three and since then, countless children have been introduced to music with the help of some elephants, giraffes and alligators.

How are the images related to the sounds?

The animals have a special meaning and teach much more than just composing and playing. But first, I’d like to explain the names of each animal. To the left is the bird and as you probably have already guessed, the bird represents the b key.
The camel the c key and so on. The elephant, fish, giraffe and alligator all are there because of their name.

But there is a little more than just the names.
The seven animals represent three groups. There are the three land animals which live on land and thus, are represented by the camel, elephant and giraffe. They also look to the right of the screen. The second group are the sea animals like the dolphin, fish and alligator. The sea animals look to the left of the screen which is very important later on when children begin to learn about chords.
The bird isn’t part of any group because it mostly lives in the air. Experienced music students refer to the b as the seventh step and the triad which is build on the seventh step is nether major nor minor.

Major and minor triads

Music becomes interesting when children start to experiment with harmony. Harmony, in simple terms, is adding a second or third note to a sound and by doing so, creating a richer listening experience. Music can become quite complex once we add harmony and therefore, PRE PiANO starts out with just the basics BUT, and this is very important to remember, it does lay the foundation for much more to come.

This unique and beautiful looking app was developed by music teachers and is based on many years of research. You will not find a better app to introduce your child to music. Once a child understands PRE PiANO, it is time to move up to CCCM which approaches composition and playing from a different angle but follows the same principals.

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