Spotlight on… Tune Train
Allows tiny fingers (and big fingers too) to create mini musical compositions in many different genres of music
Works on: iPads and is totally free.
TuneTrain has been around for a while and we have been using it for some time now, but whenever we show someone new they are always impressed with its simplistic yet effective interface and output. In a matter of minutes students will be able to compose their own musical hits just by simply plotting out the journey they wish the melody of the song to take.
Often music apps can be overly complicated or the student’s final composition doesn’t end up sounding how they wanted. With TuneTrain, the children’s music is structured in a way so that their final composition will always have an accurate tune, as their chosen melody is accompanied by a backing track that compliments it. You also get several options with backing tracks allowing children to change the genre of their song with a click of a button.
In looks, function and musical capabilities, TuneTrain is geared more towards younger children (EYFS-Year 2), however it lends itself well to teaching concepts of pitch and note duration to older children too. You can even see your finished song written as full musical notation so that students who can read music could then play their composition on another instrument. It’s a wonderfully uncomplicated app that enhances creativity and allows even the least musically gifted of us, to compose mini musical gems.
Time needed to learn how to use it and get going: 3 minutes.
What TuneTrain says about TuneTrain:
In the world of TuneTrain, people live at various heights in colorful vertical buildings. To help these people get around, the user can draw a train line to connect them to each other. The magic is that the people represent musical notes and the train line represents a musical melody that kids can create and hear.
The universe of TuneTrain is completely governed by musical rules. The various heights that people live at represent different pitches; the distance between people represent note lengths; and even the buildings show the underlying chord structure that best accompanies a melody. By learning to play in a world governed by musical rules, kids will also learn about the fundamental structure of m
Our goal is not only to make people feel confident in their ability to make music, but also to plant seeds of interest for a lifelong musical journey.