New Toys: MeloQuest Keys and Kingdoms Music Learning Software

Keys and Kingdoms is educational music software that is designed for children from ages 6-15 and works on iPads, iPhones, Macs and PCs. Children learn to play piano, utilize music theory, and create songs in this musical and educational video game that progresses through multiple levels through epic adventures in the land of Harmonia. Over 100 songs are taught at the student's individual pace and a small portable USB keyboard is included.

Starting out with playing simple, one-hand intervals and progressing onto complicated patterns using both hands, kids learn to play songs, build a sense of rhythm, and compose music.

Reading music notation is always challenging for young children and the proprietary Sight Reduction Method was devised to help students develop their skills and reduce the pressure of reading musical notes. This method keeps players engaged, achieve faster, and feel the instant joy of completing the tasks (lessons) in the game.

Vivian Fang Liu, a noted child music educator, commented that she liked the one-phrase short theory lessons that take place during the software's loading times between changing lessons and tasks. The players learn everything from the definition of a half step, musical structure and theory as foundations for creativity.

The sound design is superb and the visually colorful accompaniment makes playing more entertaining to students at the same time as recognizing different time signatures and tempos for example. The game features 24/7 reporting by way of weekly e-mails with statistics and alerts for monitoring your child’s learning progress.

If you are parents who are frustrated with trying to motivate your child to complete their daily piano practicing, Keys and Kingdoms is an excellent teaching aid for your child.

MeloQuest Keys and Kingdoms sells for $99.99 with an included three-month subscription with subsequent monthly subscription at $9.99 each.