Music Education in the 21st Century
Our kids have a bit of an obsession with music and music education. They have a plethora of musical instruments including several ukuleles, guitars, a karaoke machine and even a baby piano. As a kid, I had dreams of becoming a music video producer. Which explains why I’ve been so intrigued by the release of Blipblox. I’m secretly hoping one of our kids will become a DJ. While music education is dwindling in our schools, there is also an influx of different types of music making in the world. Becoming a DJ and learning about synthesizing music is a very real portion of today’s music education.
What Exactly Is Blipblox Anyway?
Blipblox is the incredible new synthesizer for kids. They are given the ability to create their own beats, music and sounds with just a few turns of the knobs and colorful buttons. Want to change the tempo of your beats? Totally possible with just a flip of the red handles. When I saw the video about Blipblox, I just knew my kids would all love to use it. What an awesome way to turn our kids into DJs.
Music Education For Kids of All Ages
Moments after our Blipblox arrived, we had to run out the door for swimming lessons. My youngest was begging to try it out, so I decided to grab the box and go. Thankfully, Blipblox works with 3 AA batteries so I knew I could let her explore it while her siblings were swimming. I had no idea she would love it so much! It’s lightweight enough that she can carry it to where she wants to work on it. It’s easy enough that she was able to handle the buttons and knobs without any problems. She was fascinated with the lights and that she could manipulate the sounds. It took her just a few minutes to understand how to turn the Blipblox on and off. She is well on her way to becoming DJ Baby D and starting her music education.
The Kindergarten DJ Examines the Blipblox
I really thought my son who is our biggest music lover would be the one who would get the biggest kick out of this. Once he got ahold of the Blipblox, I was pretty impressed. Unlike his sister, he actually seemed to understand that there was a rhyme and reason to the knobs and buttons. He legitimately was able to create his own mix. Then the light show really let him show off his creative side. I see many shows from the Kindergarten DJ coming soon to our family living room. Plus I am excited to see this side of his music education come alive.
Never Too Old To Learn New Music
Our oldest is almost nine and not exactly my most musically inclined child. I expected her to push a few buttons and deem this a toy more suited for her sibs. I didn’t expect her to also fall in love with it. She doesn’t want to put it down. Since playing around with making music, she has been more attuned to the sounds she hears on the radio. The light bulb in her mind has been turned on to the endless possibilities out there involving music. Introducing DJ MagicCurlz to the music scene! She is now more excited about music education than ever before.
My Favorite Things About Music
Music is really one of my favorite things. Learning to read music was one of my first glimpses of learning a new language. Music education encompasses so much more than just learning about the classics. It teaches life skills and then gives you the ability to see that life is really about rhythm and finding your beat. Blipblox is bridging the gap between music education of the past and music education of our future.
My Favorite Things About Blipblox
There are several great features about the Blipblox, but one of my favorites is that it is easily transportable. I love that all three of our kids can find ways to entertain themselves while creating music. Most importantly, I love that they are offline while learning about music and making themselves DJ’s. 21st-century music education is really pretty amazing. Here’s just a little more in-depth info about Blipblox. https://youtu.be/F59XGjJPI1o
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