Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter
By Morton Subotnick
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2013 ON for Learning Award Winner!
Morton Subotnick presents a new way for your kids to create music. Pitch Painter is a musical finger painting app that is simple yet surprisingly sophisticated. While engaged in creative musical play, the child will be introduced to a variety of musical instrumental sounds and authentic scale tunings from four regions of the world.
-designed specifically for ages 3-5.
-select 3 instrumental sounds from each of 4 different regions of the world.
-Hear what you are creating as you paint it using up to three fingers at one time.
-play the "canvas" in many different ways:
-hear exactly how you painted it.
-hear it as a normal piece of ‘written’ music played from left to right.
-hear how it sounds upside down, backwards
-scrub it like a DJ
-erase notes you don’t want.
-save and load your compositions.
-detailed instructions for parents and educators.
What's New in Version 1.60
-NEW: Pitch Painter is now a Universal App, so you can use it on your iPhone!
First impressions of Pitch Painter
I like the idea of the different colors for different instruments. As a teacher, I had a few doubts about the pedagogical value of the app. My first experience was that students want to fill in the whole square, mixing different colors. What they come up with is a cacophony that isn’t really teaching them composition. There should probably be an adjustment to the app that limits them to single or double lines for each instrument, so that they will be encouraged to write linear melodies. The price was also a bit high.