Each StoryBot in Tap & Sing sings a different note, and can be tapped simultaneously to create a chord. By tapping the StoryBots in sequence after they raise their hands, kids can even learn how to play songs. It’s like Guitar Hero for kindergartners!
Teachers can use Tap & Sing to introduce a variety of musical concepts, including notes, chords, rhythm, beat, scales, and pitch. Students can exercise creativity and discovery in Freeplay mode, and use mirroring techniques to perform a well-known song in Autoplay mode. Teachers can use Tap & Sing to introduce and reinforce mathematical concepts of patterns by having children make their own patterns, repeat patterns presented to them, or find patterns in existing songs.
Depending on the mode selected, Tap & Sing could be used independently, in small groups, and for whole-class instruction for 5 minutes to an hour.
The Tap & Sing app is available on the iPad and comes with 11 classic songs, perfect for emergent readers.
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Teaching Tool Breakdown
Tap & Sing is great for learning the fundamentals of music and fostering creativity. This app comes with two modes:
Freeplay allows students to create their own music. Students can touch each StoryBot to hear their tone, or hit multiple StoryBots to create a chord. When a StoryBot is played, they raise their arms to let students see exactly what note they're hitting.
Autoplay allows students to hear how the song is played, and follow along as the StoryBots light up and sing. Then, students can try their hand at playing the song back. This is a great way to teach the music basics -- melodies, rhythm, and notes!
Tap & Sing includes four ways for StoryBots to sing their notes:
- Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si
- Note names (C, D, E, F, G, A, B)
Tap a song at the bottom of the screen to begin the sequence, and the StoryBot related to the first note will wave. Once tapped, the next StoryBots will wave in succession. When a student successfully completes a song, the StoryBots will cheer and applaud, providing positive reinforcement.
Students can learn about fundamental musical concepts, like:
Notes - Using the C-D-E mode, StoryBots will sing their note, allowing kids to recognize the names of notes and their sound.
Short vs. Long Notes - StoryBots will make a short sound when tapped lightly, and will hold out the note when pressed down. Kids can learn the difference between short notes and long notes. Teachers may ask the students to count the number of beats a note is held to explain the different types of notes, including whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.
Scales - Students can practice the concept of scales, and play the C major scale, which requires no flats or sharps. By introducing the concept of scales, teachers can explore how entire songs and melodies are based on a particular scale structure.
Beat - Tapping a StoryBot in succession creates a beat, in which students can keep time. Students can experiment with varying the speed of the beat.
Rhythm - Playing the song first in Autoplay will help kids recognize how long to hold each note, which they can then replicate in playing the song themselves.
Pattern - By playing a song, kids learn how to play notes in a pattern in order to create a melody. By playing these songs enough and through practice, kids can even memorize how to play the song and the melody.
Chords - By pressing multiple StoryBots at the same time, students will produce a harmonic set of notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. Teachers can encourage students to try various combinations of notes to create different sounding chords. By creating different chords, teachers can introduce the idea of chord progressions and harmony.
Octave and Pitch - Tap & Sing offers two octaves to discuss the concept of intervals between one musical pitch and another. Students may discover, or teachers may point out, that two notes in Tap & Sing have the same note name, and can point out the difference in octave between the notes. The size and color of each StoryBot lend themselves to helping kids grasp the difference in pitches -- the smaller the StoryBot, the higher the pitch, and the brighter the color of the StoryBot, the higher the pitch.
There are 11 songs built in for students to play:
- Home on the Range
- Working on the Railroad
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- Row Your Boat
- Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me!
- The Alphabet Song
- Bear Went Over the Mountain
- This Old Man
Of course, this isn't limited -- music teachers or classroom teachers can teach students to play any song with the notes available!