Most parents would agree that kids of all ages enjoy music and cartoons. Tongo Music combines the two in a beautiful app created by experienced music teachers and illustrators for kids and the whole family.
Discover a World of Music
Designed for ages 2-8 but great for all ages, Tongo Music introduces kids to the world of classical music through animated music videos and games. Kids not only discover the fundamentals of music, but also masterpieces of famous composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach.
The premise of the app is simple: traveling through a colorful landscape, kids encounter animals and characters that lead them to animated short stories. As they immerse themselves in the stories, they also learn about various musical elements, such as instruments and notes. For instance, they can tap the swans in the pond to listen to the titular character Tongo play "The Swan" from "The Carnival of the Animals" on his cello. They can also tap on the birds to listen to Tongo play "The Nutcracker" on his flute.
In addition to enjoying music videos, kids can try their hands at playing the instruments. They can tap the farmhouse to open up a virtual piano, or the water tower to play a variety of percussion instruments: maracas, timpani, xylophone, cymbals, drums, and many others. They also learn how to read musical notes by growing flowers, and draw clefs by connecting the dots.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tongo Music is an open-ended app without any rule, timer, or score. Kids explore the app at their own pace, and discover for themselves various animations and musical pieces. There is no text, so even non-readers can join in on the fun.
If you're interested in learning more about the contents of the app, you can download a free handbook from the developer's website. It contains well-written explanations about the musical instruments, works, and composers found in the app.
Tongo Music has no ads and no in-app purchases, so it's safe for kids. There are links to external sites, but they are placed behind a protected parents' area.
Things I Like
Tongo Music does a great job at introducing kids to the fundamentals of music without providing any kind of explanation. There is a good mix of games (interactive) and animated stories (passive), so kids have plenty to do and see. Even though there is no text, navigating the app is easy and intuitive.
Relying solely on imageries and music samples, Tongo Music is engaging for all ages. The audio quality is excellent, and the animations complement the music really well. Even if your kids are too young to actually understand what the notes mean, they will at least enjoy the soothing sounds and the beautiful animations.
Tongo Music is fantastic for kids of all ages and abilities. Younger kids will love exploring the app to discover beautiful animations and sounds, while older kids can use the app as a starting point for expanding their musical knowledge. A helpful handbook provides parents and teachers with some excellent information about the learning theory behind the activities, so they can set their kids up for learning more beyond the app.
App was provided for our honest review.