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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Great New Game for Music Lovers



When I got the opportunity to review a new game about music, I knew Apple would love it. What I didn't realize is that she would LOVE LOVE LOVE it and that Speedy would enjoy it too! ThinkFun's newest game is Compose Yourself. This game allows your child to compose their own music using included cards and a computer.




The game includes 60 music cards, a travel bag, and access to the Compose Yourself website. It is so easy to use. It only takes a couple of minutes to get started. Your child (or you!) selects 4, 8, 12, or 16 of the cards. These clear plastic cards are each designed to be used 4 different ways. Then, they put in the numbers for the cards on the website. Instantly they can hear their beautiful musical creation.




Once they've input their numbers they can listen to it as Marimba, Orchestra, or both. They can even name their song and put themselves in as the composer. This really is so much fun for the kids. The website allows you to print out sheet music or make an MP3 of your song. The best part is they can do it again and again! Apple played with it for a very long time and made me a song for my birthday. Then little brother wanted his own turn. He isn't usually very interested in music, but he likes composing with Compose Yourself!



In conclusion, Compose Yourself is an easy, fun way for anyone ages 6 and up to learn more about music and composing their own songs. The music is beautifully played from a real orchestra instantly. The game is interesting and will entice kids to create their own songs again and again. The 60 transparent cards can be used in so many combinations that they are sure to create more than one piece every time they play.




I received a free game from ThinkFun in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.




4 comments:

  1. I'm sure my kids would love this. As a musician, however, it unnerved me to see that the note heads are placed right above the stem instead of to the left or right, depending on where they are in the staff. Sorry, I should have given you a music nerd alert. ;-)

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    1. Somehow I knew you'd have a comment on this! I thought they looked odd as well, but it didn't affect the playing of the game. ;) Since I am not a music....person I wasn't too worried.

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    2. Hi Jennie
      Thanks for making that point.
      The noteheads font took a lot of planning and deep thought.
      As the inventor of the game, and as a music professor, I have obviously gone into this in some depth. The reason we needed to invent such a notation is that the cards (and therefore the notes) need to flip 4 different ways. When you attach the stems to the notes with the correct western musical syntax, they look completely wrong when in inversion or retrograde.
      The nice thing is, we're actually going back to a renaissance music font to achieve this....
      Hope that answers your point!
      Edie - I am thrilled by your kids' reactions. I hope you keep in touch as we've some great stuff coming out on the website soon - an interview with a friend of mine who's given concerts on the Space station etc...
      Thanks
      Philip Sheppard

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  2. I'm sure my kids would love this. As a musician, however, it unnerved me to see that the note heads are placed right above the stem instead of to the left or right, depending on where they are in the staff. Sorry, I should have given you a music nerd alert. ;-)

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