Sunday, February 06 2011 17:46

JUNO'S PIANO (Music App Review)

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juno125Last month we first told you about THE JUNO COMPANY's JUNO'S PIANO, a new App for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch that helps teach children the real-life basics of playing the piano. As a parent myself, and with Kik Axe Music always on the lookout for the latest in music education, I decided to take a test-drive of my own, downloading the App for my iPhone.

Growing up in a musical household, my daughter is already developing an affection for music, but at only 18-months old - she's a bit younger than the intended age group for the App. iTunes shows a suggested age of 4+ for JUNO'S PIANO, but that's not to say that younger children won't benefit from this - provided you're ok with letting your little one play with your $200+ phone or $400+ iPad under supervision.

The interface is colorful and simple, as the character of "Juno" guides you through a trio of selections: LEARN A SONG, PLAY TOGETHER, or FREE PLAY.

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In LEARN A SONG, Juno guides you as your touch screen becomes a functional keyboard. Each key lights up to indicate what note is being played, with the child following along. Three simple songs are available to learn. If you hit a wrong note, Juno will let you know as she takes you back to try it again. When a song is completed, you'll get to hear a full version of it as played in real time.
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In PLAY TOGETHER, parent and child are guided much like in learning mode. The difference here is that you're alternating turns with the keyboard.

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FREE PLAY allows your youngster to have at it and hit whatever notes they choose, playing songs, making noise, whatever their little hearts desire.

PROS: The design an interface are cute, colorful, and simple to use. My daughter immediately made the connection between the virtual piano and her tiny First Act toy piano. Her eyes lit up as she realized what the screen was representing, then toddled over to her "real" piano and started banging keys prior to taking the iPhone and having fun on FREE PLAY mode.

CONS: In FREE PLAY mode, you can only hit one note at a time, most likely due to the limitations of the touch screen. Performing chords are not possible.

BOTTOM LINE: Kids should love JUNO's PIANO, while adults will be able to "master" all three songs very quickly. If you're thinking about introducing your child to the world of piano playing, at .99 for the download, this is an App well-worth the purchase price. Learn more athttp://www.thejunocompany.com/


James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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