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).
How to use the CCCM app
Composing music is possible if a parent (or mentor) explains a few simple rules. 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 (gray) 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 (gray) can be quickly found by looking at the three white keys to the left of the gray keys. It’s best to just load the app and play a few gray keys and then some white keys. You will instantly hear that whatever 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 whichever key you press will be recorded into that block. To fill the first four red blocks, you simply play any of the gray keys in any order you like. Then it is time to fill they gray blocks. To do so, play the white keys to the left of the gray 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 gray blocks. To finish the composition, you switch back to using only the gray 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?