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Mussila Music School

Learn the piano

Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

If you would like to help your child to build or expand their musical education you cannot go wrong with Mussila. It is fun, comprehensive, and educationally well designed.

Teacher Review

Very many apps debut displaying great promise and a commitment to growing and improving. Sadly an ever-growing measure of time beneath the 'last updated' heading on their store page shows that they have been abandoned by their developer. A lack of commercial success, a change of interest on the part of the developer, and a lack of ideas conspire to end the ongoing support.
 
How wonderful it is to see an app in a poorly served educational niche, already debuted in a form that earned it 5 stars, that has also continued to grow and improve. That app is Mussila.
 
Children with musical parents or who are lucky enough to go to a school that has not cut back on its music provision, get the inspiration to learn about and develop an interest in music. Children without this exposure might never get the chance to learn a skill or develop an interest in a subject that gives so many people, both players and listeners, such pleasure.
 
For those that are lucky in terms of musical education, Mussila can only enhance their learning and offer further support. For those unlucky children, Mussila provides a music education that many parents and schools cannot.
 
The musical education that this app provides is a very full one. It covers music in both its theory and practical components which include specific skills such as reading musical notation and then playing it upon a keyboard. All of the knowledge and the skills that the app conveys are wrapped up in beautifully produced and entertaining activities. The app's characters play the part of colourful and friendly guides. Sounds and music, as you'd expect, are crystal clear, natural, and expertly produced.
 
Players can choose from two main sections: courses and theory. In theory, they can choose to learn about melody, instruments, rhythm, and musical keyboards. Where appropriate, these activities provide a useful correction to wrong answers, for example, by linking the question to the answer in an animated form. Players are also given the opportunity to work with the band formed by the Mussila characters. By tweaking the instruments and arrangements, players can see how the mood of a piece can be altered by quite subtle changes.
 
In the courses section, children learn all about playing the piano including the position of keys on the keyboard, musical notation, and how to play a few simple melodies. It is this section that has been given the most attention in recent months and it has developed into a comprehensive and useful piano-learning course for beginners. It wasn't possible to see them all while preparing this review but there are 20 different courses each of which contains multiple activities and cover a variety of classic musical works.
 
Following a marker along sheet music and hitting the right key as it reaches the written note is a superb activity that not only develops sight reading of music but links the position of the note on the stave to its pitch relative to other notes. Even players who cannot accurately select the right key on the musical keyboard can make an informed guess based on the current note's position relative to the last one played. Players should soon develop fluency in reading sheet music and in the layout of the piano keyboard with the practice and support provided by Mussila.
 
Of course, playing a virtual piano is not quite like playing the real thing but the knowledge is transferable to the physical instrument and this app provides a level of support and tuition that just sitting at a keyboard with a book cannot.
 
Best of all, Mussila avoids the pitfall of many apps where the meshing of learning and entertainment feels a little forced. The main activities in this app don't feel shoehorned into a game-like format but rather designed to introduce children to instruments, songs, and sounds and they make the skill or knowledge being taught an intrinsic part of the activity. As already mentioned, the piano course is excellent but there are other ways in which children can exercise their creativity and build an understanding of music.
 
For example, in the third section of the app, games, learners can take on the role of a DJ at a mixing deck. Sounds and instruments can be mixed, scratched, and manipulated into something new. The device's microphone can also be used to record new sounds or voices from the real world. It is a surprisingly full activity that is both easy to use and flexible.
 
The game called Mussila Planets is a little more tangentially related to music education but is fun to play and offers a change of pace accompanied by familiar music and original pieces as well. A child who opens the app to play this game is also a step closer to moving on to one of the other courses or activities that build skills and knowledge.
 
The app is free to download and there is plenty to do in that version for you to gauge its usefulness. A subscription to the app unlocks the full content which grows the app immensely. It doesn't make the experience pay to win, though, as children must still complete earlier exercises to move on to the more complex ones. This is a good decision as children can be inclined to get ahead of themselves and then feel
demoralised when the jump was too much. By following the app's well-judged programme as it was intended, children progress along a gentle learning curve that consolidates and builds understanding.
 
Review ratings systems are never perfect. Mussila achieved 5 stars when it was half the app it is now. In this polished, expanded and even more well-designed app, it has to be worth a couple more stars at least. Sadly it can't have them. Mussila will have to settle for the full 5 stars and a well-earned and an entirely justified recommendation for you to download it for your music-loving children.
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Developer Description

Mussila Music School is a music learning app for kids. It teaches kids music through gamified and joyful exercises and classical music courses that keep kids motivated to learn more. At the end of each session, the student will be able to play a song from a great classical piece and know the theory basics behind it. Kids and parents love it and teachers recommend Mussila!

Mussila Music School teaches kids:
  • The instruments
  • The rhythm
  • Playing the piano
  • Reading sheet music
Classical music courses:
 
Learn to play Swan Lake, Magic Flute and get to know Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and other masters.
  • Over 20 music courses
  • +1,000 musical challenges
  • New Courses every month
  • Educational cards with facts about music
  • Fun music games
  • Parent progress reports
Create Music:
 
With Mussila DJ the kids get:
  • Fun DJ set to scratch
  • Collection of beats and music
  • Opportunity to create own music
How it works:
  • Learn by playing the piano right from the start
  • Get to know the song through skill building challenges
  • Each challenge is scored using three stars
  • Recognise the critical instruments in the song
  • Learn to define the rhythm
  • Learn to read sheet music
  • Get instant feedback on your playing and improve your knowledge in music theory and piano skills
  • By finishing the course, the student enters the Jam session, dresses the avatar and becomes a conductor by arranging the song with a choice of 14 different instruments.
Mussila offers three types of subscriptions:
  • Monthly Premium Subscription
  • Mussila Premium Trimonthly Subscription
  • Mussila Premium Yearly Subscription
TRY IT FOR FREE!
 
7-day free trial! ! If you enjoy your Mussila trial, do nothing, and your subscription will automatically continue.
  • All app users can play two free courses. Upgrade to a premium subscription package at any time.
  • Subscribers will receive full access to all courses and games.
  • New courses and songs added every month!
  • All recurring subscriptions will auto-renew unless auto-renewal is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
  • The account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, at the cost of the chosen package.
  • Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.
  • Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase.
  • Your subscription is for your iTunes account and can be used on your iOS device.
  • Payments will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase.
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