Thursday, July 16, 2009

Groovy Music City

Groovy Music City not only helps children learn to love music, but it also inspires them with different sounds, rhythms, pitches, and compositions by using pictures and animation for hours of creative fun. A MIDI record keyboard is available, and a physical keyboard can be connected to the computer to record notes and melodies.

Seth Grenier, age 13, tested Groovy Music City for us. Here is what Seth had to say: “I think it’s a good program. It’s a great way for kids my age to learn how to mix music and understand the basics of music. I think Groovy Music City covers a broader age range. My sister who is four years old after watching me for about a half hour was able to put her own music loop together with very little help from me. It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoyed testing the program out. My only suggestion is if Groovy Music City makes another program like this one . . . to add some mini games.”

Seth wants to grow up to become a video game designer and plays lots of action-packed video games. This is the type of market Groovy Music City is trying to reach.

From a parent’s point-of-view, VS Grenier found the program very fun and engaging. She was very surprised at how fast her four-year-old daughter, Ashley, who is under the age range Groovy Music City is targeting (7–12), was able to figure out the program.

“Ashley didn’t want to get off the program when it was time for bed. She was having too much fun. The best part about Groovy Music City is . . . the tempos, sounds, rhythms, pitch, and compositions my children were coming up with weren’t hard on my old ears. I found the loops they were making fun,” said VS Grenier, founder of Stories for Children Publishing, LLC.

So what is is a safe, free, kid-friendly website where children can upload, share, and get reactions to the music they have created using the Groovy Music range of products from Sibelius Software. It helps children find inspiration for writing music and get feedback on their compositions from other children.

Computer Requirements:

• Windows XP/Vista, or Mac OS X 10.4 or later
• 1.2GHz processor (2GHz recommended)
• 512MB + RAM, 95MB free hard disk space
• 16-bit sound card • CD-ROM drive (for installation)
• Internet connection

As we all know, the music curriculum in schools today is modestly funded at best, so it’s more important than ever for children to have access to music education tools like Groovy Music City. No music experience is needed, and there’s no learning curve for parents or children.

by VS Grenier

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