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For young children to truly learn music appreciation they need to do more than passively listen, they need to be actively engaged. Hearing Music introduces children to the skill of recognizing the nuances in a melody or the modification in a rhythm through a series of enjoyable computer activities.
From beginner to advanced, Hearing Music gives children the opportunity to train their ears to the difference between a major and minor chord, changes in tempo and what the same music sounds like played backwards or upside-down.
Hearing Music involves four very unique games, each with multiple levels of difficulty and each adjusting to the capabilities of the player, making the games progressively harder or easier as necessary.
The first game, Comparing Game, asks your child to listen to two pieces of music and determine if they are the same or different. Later, he will be asked how the pieces are different.
The Matching game initially requires your child to find the matching musical phrase, while in level four he will be asked to find a pair that is similar, but not the same. The third game, The Reading Game, is more difficult than the first two. Here your child will listen to a section of music while looking at two pieces of music notation, and choose which set of written notes corresponds to what has been played. If your child has had no experience reading music, you will either have to help him work it through, or skip it altogether. If your family uses a hymnal at church you know that there is great value in being able to recognize the connection between the melodies they hear and the ones they see written down.
The most complicated game, the Ordering Game, presents a short section of music for your child to memorize. That section is then divided into four portions and your child will be challenged to place the pieces back into the right order. As each portion can be very similar to one another, this can be quite a challenge. Thankfully all the music is classical, so you will not mind hearing them played over and over as your child puzzles through to a solution.
Hearing Music is a terrific program not only because of the musical skills it teaches, but also because concentration skills in general improve. For ages 5 - 105, if you are not proficient in this area, this is the most effortless, idiot-proof way I know to acquire that proficiency.
˛Computer-adaptive technology makes games progressively harder or easier as children move through different levels of game play
˛Explore the elements that build music
˛Parent/Teacher management tool ű track your child's progress
˛Integrated Audio Help explains every step of the way
Windows 95/98/NT/XP/Vista or MAC System 7 or later, 486DX-2 or faster processor, 16 MB of installed RAM 13 inch (640X480) or larger color monitor 2X or faster CD-ROM drive sound card with speakers or headphones
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