Ages: 5 and upDeveloper: WURRLYedu

WURRLYedu is a fun, easy to use karaoke style music app to help musical kids learn and play many popular contemporary and traditional songs. There’s a solid selection of standards, classical, country and musicals too.

The app includes some excellent features, making rehearsing enjoyable as well as productive. There are games to practice basic skills, such as scales and rhythm. In the practice section, there are customization tools to permit key, tempo and instrumentation changes, from piano or guitar to a full band. Many songs also come with a vocal guide to help build singers’ confidence. Once you’re finished practicing, the app makes it easy to record yourself, and the simple video production tools, image filters and audio processing, personalize your video recording.

Although Parents’ Choice does not review curriculum, we did login on a test “teacher” account. After the initial work to get the hang of it, the flow is easy and streamlined. There are lesson plans, tools and resources for teachers. Completing the assignment was easy and quick, the site was very responsive making feedback essentially instantaneous.

Users can record and upload videos of themselves, and choose their audience – just the singer, the singer and teacher, or the whole class. However, only the teacher can delete a submitted assignment, and it isn’t clear where the video gets stored, how is it protected, etc. In terms of privacy concerns, we’d like to see those answers clearly communicated upfront. That aside, with thousands of songs, WURRLYedu is an inventive tool for aspiring musicians to support practicing and inspire experimentation.

Schools can register for a free thirty-day trial, but after the subscription fee is $39.99 per month.

Jennifer Wells ©2019 Parents’ Choice

For more than 20 years, Jennifer has been developing play experiences for children, with beloved organizations like Highlights and LEGO. With a Master’s degree in Children & Media, a Bachelor’s in Music, and a love of Star Trek, Jennifer has many layers.

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