Spotlight on… Beatwave
Create your own futuristic compositions.
Beatwave allows children to be creative whilst learning about key concepts in music.
This is a free app for iPads and iPhones. There is also a range of in-app purchases.
Beatwave is a wonderful app which supports the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 in allowing children to experiment, create, select and combine sounds. Children begin to understand musical notation and can improvise and compose short pieces of music. The real beauty of the app is that it is set up so that even simple use can produce good results, but there is scope to extend the more able through increasing complexity and all children can develop their learning across a range of age groups (Y1-Y6).
The interface is simple and children can begin with learning simple beat patterns before moving onto tuned sounds to explore pitch. The app has a range of different sounds to vary the feel of a piece of music and it is easy to create layers of sound.
What a great way for all teachers (no matter for their individual musical experience) to allow their class to experience the joys of musical composition in an environment where they feel safe to explore and feel creative as success is guaranteed.
Time needed to learn how to use it and get going:
What the Beatwave says about Beatwave:
Beatwave lets you make amazing music simply by tapping. Create songs anywhere, anytime on your iPhone or iPad. No musical skills required!