updated 09:50 am EDT, Fri July 14, 2006
iPlayMusic DVD lessons
iPlayMusic today released a new learning product for Mac OS X dubbed Play Music Together. The new learning tool makes use of DVD video and applications to help toddlers as well as pre-schoolers learn music with assistance from their parents or guardians. Play Music Together features lessons which teach children to sing songs, dance to them, or play them on a guitar using a colorful, interactive environment to keep the child interested. Children are guided and paced to their needs by a puppet named Capo, who encourages children and keeps them motivated throughout the learning experience. The application/DVD is designed to teach children music and thus help them increase their learning skills for later use in school settings. Play Music Together is available for $40, while a DVD-only version is priced at $25 (system requirements were unavailable).
Play Music Together is designed to include the entire family by encouraging both parents and children to join in the learning themselves. The tool features support for all iLife apps, allowing parents to edit or customize the experience. Each lesson includes a customizable GarageBand project file with instruments and vocals, allowing children to enjoy their own additions.
"Parents understand that children who develop music skills early perform better academically, and that just the act of hearing music stimulates young minds," said Stewart Putney, president of iPlayMusic.