PianoBall v1.4 iOS Review – A Colorful Way to Learn Music

PianoBall is an educational music app from 4baam. It is based on a typical piano scale, though it is a lot more colorful and a traditional piano which will make it more appealing towards young children who love colors. PianoBall features 2 different types of pianos depending on age level. There is one for really young children where the keys are much larger and stacked on top of each other. The other piano is for older children and lines up all the keys adjacently but are much thinner. The “balls” are used to configure all the different settings and features in the app.

There are four balls that are used to change settings. The first ball is used to change the colors of the keys. The second ball is used to choose the song you want to play. PianoBall will actually teach you how to play these songs by flashing each key for you to follow along. The third ball is the rainbow ball which is also used to alter the colors of the keys. The last ball is is used to choose between four different instruments.

What makes this app ideal for children though is that although you’re supposed to tap on the keys they highlight, but the app will allow you to tap any key and still play the song as is. That means that kids will still have fun with it and not have to really worry about whether or not they are playing the song correctly.

PianoBall is a great kid’s piano app. It doesn’t try to be all serious like real piano apps and instead adds fun to learning music or just mashing on the keys. I like the fact that it does teach children how to play a few really popular songs on the keyboard, however it would have been nice if they included the actual note letters on the keys so that if they were to move on to a real piano, it would be easier to transition. Overall though, a fun app for children that will keep them entertained with colorful sights and sounds.

PianoBall is available now in the App Store for $1.99. It is a universal app and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.

Description

Test PianoBall – Fun With Learning – wildly colorful musical instrument for children that teaches through play.
Play popular tunes, learn colors, listen to different instruments… and turn your keyboard to a rainbow!

• INSTRUMENT BALL – Listen to instruments and name them: Xylophone, Piano, Drum Set, Saxophone
• RAINBOW BALL – Turn your keyboard to a rainbow
• COLOR BALL – Learn to name colors, paint the keyboard your favorite color
• KEYBOARD – 2 rainbow-colored keyboards for younger and older children
• TUNE BALL – learn to play 10 children songs
• LANGUAGE – Sounds are available in English and Polish versions
• MAGIC – incredible shower of falling stars that turn to instruments
• LOCK – Control your child’s education, lock and disable functions invisibly

Tunes:
♫ Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
♫ London Bridge
♫ Wlazł kotek na płotek
♫ Mary Had a Little Lamb
♫ Ode to Joy
♫ Row, Row, Row your Boat
♫ Jingle Bells
♫ Alabama
♫ Amazing Grace
♫ For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

Designed for children aged 9 months through 5 years old – easy and practical for children and parents.

• Stimulate curiosity and creativity through experimentation
• Increase Coordination
• Help Children to Concentrate
• Used also by autistic children
• Kid-friendly interface
• No banner advertising
• No in-app purchases

[via App Store]

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