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A Jazzy Day- A really cool music educational app!

We've reviewed a good range of educational apps over the last few months and it is always exciting to find something different- which is why we love A Jazzy Day- Swinging with the Band which is a music education app for kids.

A Jazzy Day features a fun and interactive story that will teach your child about music instruments in a jazz context. The book features original illustrations and music, as well as sounds from real acoustic instruments.

The app is hosted by two cartoon cats who guide you through the story. At the outset you have a number of options to choose from.  The first is "Learn"- where you are asked to tap the instruments. Tapping on an instrument brings up the name and sound of the instrument- from drums to saxophone- all with a jazzy edge. There's a game which asks you to recognise which instrument matches the sound- one for older kids- but really fun and interactive. Another game asks you to pick out a particular instrument from a number of instrument on the screen.

The main part of the app is the story which is read along or read to your self. You follow the two jazzy kittens from their pancake breakfast to their exploration of jazz instruments- each played by different cartoon animals, with a gentle jazz instrumental in the background. In addition to following the story, each page is interactive,  which allows you to unlock different sounds and music from each instrument as you go through the story. There are some really lovely touches- so the piano keyboards turn to multicolour as they are played. And it is genuinely educational- I know much more about big band jazz than I ever did before. And some fantastic jazz music too.

What we loved:
So much to learn- an app you can go back to again and again.

What we didn't: Not much to criticize with this app- it's definitely an app for slightly older kids (5+) but pre-schoolers will enjoy the music and the interactivity. Maybe a few more games for younger kids?

Vital Stats:
Cost £1.99
Compatible with: iPhone 3Gs, 4, 4S, iPad and iPod Touch

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