Little Star Piano incorporates twelve well known children’s songs into an app that works with reading music and learning the basic keys of a piano. Users pick a song and then follow along as the music scrolls past on the screen. When the notes reach a certain spot on the screen the corresponding key on the piano will be highlighted. If the keys are tapped in the correct order, by following along with the music, you’ll be playing music! Little Star Piano comes with three levels of difficulty and these adjust the song’s tempo. Song lyrics are provided in case you want to sing along while you play and the app records your performances so you listen to your piano playing again and again.
Little Star Piano also works in a scoring system. As you hit the notes correctly points are awarded. Some of the music notes will also be a star and these are worth more points. I tried the app out on the iPhone and I think I’d like to give it a shot on the iPad. I have a feeling my adult sized fingers would probably prefer the larger screen. I like the concept of learning to sight read and practice the piano with an app. The trouble I ran into was when the pacing of the music changed and the sheet music moved with it. There were times when it would speed up and then times when it would slow down, I was on the easy level. The change didn’t appear to relate to the tempo but with the way I was playing you never know! The change of pace made it tricky to follow the notes and unless it has a musical purpose that I’m missing (quite possible!) I’d personally prefer sheet music that scrolled across the screen at a consistent rate.
I’d recommend Little Star Piano for older children, definitely not toddlers. I think children who have a basic knowledge of where keys are located on the piano will have an easier time with the app. For those children who already know how to read sight music and locate the piano keys the challenge will come in keeping up with the music and scoring points.
Price when Reviewed: $1.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Seller: Fun to Learn Apps
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.