Build a Family Band While Kids Learn Music
Literally Build Instruments and Learn Music and Sound Science
I come from a very artistic family. I literally grew up in the theatre, I love drawing, have been a professional photographer, and sat first chair trumpet in high school. I’m trying to pass on my skills in playing piano, trumpet, guitar, recorder, violin, and various drums to my kids. Now, I cannot play all of those very well, mind you, but I can play them. So, naturally, I want my kids to have fun with music as well. It provides valuable skills and improves moth scores as well. So this Music Studio bundle from Tech Will Save Us provides a great jumping-off point for starting the family band.
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Disclaimer: This review was done by team member Emily. She was provided product in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are her own and were not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Learning to Build
The Music Studio Bundle includes the Record and Remix kit, Electric Guitar kit, and Synth Wave kit. (For a limited amount of time you can get a free Synth kit with the bundle for Christmas!) All three are simple and straightforward. Each has the electronic components ready to go and my kids had to build the cardboard structures to support the electronic components. We linked up to the associated web site, set up an account for the kids and it walked us through the step by step instructions to build what was needed.
I love this for a toy. It teaches kids how to follow instructions and build something on their own. I find that my kids not only treat their toys with more care when they build it themselves, but it is teaching valuable skills. Spatial reasoning is not something that always comes naturally, so learning to fit piece A into piece B, and how piece C is the right size to connect the two is incredibly important.
Kids love making waves. Sound waves to be exact. I thought that out of three kids I would have at least one quiet one. Nope. All three are loud and proud. So we might as well channel that energy into a family band, right? All three kits in this bundle not only teach assembly skills, but teach all about electronics, music production, and sound engineering.
My kids love recording their own voices and various sounds they make on the record and remix station. They then can speed those up or slow them down and blend them together into their own tracks. All those annoying shrieks and sounds kids tend to be exuberant about suddenly become quite musical. It is impressive. The electric guitar is obviously a favorite in the house. Everyone wants to be a rock star. The Piezo Pickup was a lot of fun for them to explore. They love how it picks up the guitar or the voices if they put it on their throat. My oldest picked up the Synth Wave music pretty darn quick. In less than 5-minutes, he was already putting together tracks of electronic music. I still don’t know how! LOL
Easy to Follow
Every kit has an associated website with assembly tutorials and lots of play along with ideas. I love that these are all simple websites so they can be accessed on any tablet, phone, or computer. Once the kit is built the kids play along with each section, earning badges for each section completed. Meanwhile, each section teaches them how to use their new instruments and create songs or tracks. Plus, you can combine the kits. My kids love to hook the electric guitar up to the recording studio and record their next hit for the family band.
Inspiring a Love of Music (And a New Family Band)
So the family band isn’t quite there yet. That is okay though, my kids love making music now and that is enough. They have so much fun with the Music Studio Bundle and all it can do. They can play along and earn badges or just make things up as they go. The kids are entertained for hours. They can’t wait to show grandpa and grandma and play along with their real band. And there is nothing better than inspiring a new love with something that entertains and educates.