Australian Council on Children and the Media

Kids Music Factory - GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd

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Kids Music Factory lets users play along to popular children’s classics by tapping on the keys of a keyboard or compose their own tunes using the keyboard or a selection of sounds. Caution: in-app purchases and online interactivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Kids Music Factory was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 February 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Kids Music Factory
Developed by: GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free, Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental Guidance recommended for 4 - 8 years due to in-app purchases and online interactivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Kids Music Factory contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All available play modes were reviewed.

App description

This music app allows players to become familiar with a ‘do-re-mi’ keyboard as well as the corresponding position of notes on a stave. The paid version contains 20 popular tunes, for example Old McDonald, Jingle Bells, to play along to, as well as over 30 sound effects that can be used to create the user’s own tunes by dragging and dropping them onto the stave.

Reviewers comments

This music app introduces players to a basic piano keyboard as well as the corresponding position of notes on the stave. The play along and playback mode trains the player’s musical ear including sensitivity to melody and rhythm. The option to compose and save the user’s own tunes, using either the classical piano sound or a variety of available sound effects, fosters musical creativity and invites players to experiment with sounds and melodies. The “parents’ section” is accessible to anyone who can read the instructions and contains the option to leave feedback, to share and like the app on Facebook and Twitter. The “More” section links up with similar apps that can be purchased. Parental guidance is therefore recommended for 4-8 year olds. Basic reading skills are also required in order to select songs.

In App purchasing

  • In the free version, the paid version is advertised.
  • In both versions, there are links to other apps that can be downloaded or purchased.

Online information

  •  It is not necessary to create a user account or provide any personal details.
  • The parents’ section contains the option to like and share the app on Facebook and Twitter which requires connecting to an existing account.

 

Gambling

  • At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • In the free version, the paid version is advertised.
  • In the “More” section, other apps are promoted.
  • There is no product or brand placement.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • The app contains no gender stereotypes or sexual references. 

Coarse language

  • The language is appropriate for young children and no coarse language was detected during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • At the time of the review, the game did not require or foster any game playing behaviour that may be of concern to parents.

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