Getting kids interested in music from an early age is a very worthwhile thing to do, for its own sake and also because music has been shown to improve overall learning and skills development in children.
Those who seem to have an aptitude for composition, but for whom a full-blown music creation package would be far too complex, might like to give Groovy Music City a try.
Avid’s software allows kids to create songs by arranging a series of shapes and machines against the backdrop of an animated and futuristic city, simply by dragging and dropping.
They can select from 128 virtual instruments or even connect a keyboard via MIDI.
There’s also a strong social networking element. Completed songs can be uploaded, shared, and commented upon at GroovyMusic.com.
The software is available for both Windows PC and Mac, priced $39.99 from Avid’s web site.