music video games

October 22, 2010 at 10:47 am 2 comments

Games like lego rock band CAN teach children about music and creating it.  My next post will review WiiMusic, which my wife got for $4 and I’ve been waiting to play since Monday!  This post is all about music video games in general so rock on!

My first and only piano teacher wanted me to watch the lesson books to play.  Unfortunately, I could only memorize the music and had to watch my fingers tickle the ivories.  Video games can begin to teach the age-old practice of reading music.  Reading.  Music.  When was the last time you “read” music?  There are very few musical activities these days that  actually incorporate music written on something, probably because most music today is sampled or clipped or digital.  e-music.  There’s a difference between playing by ear and knowing music structure.

There have been discussions of games like guitar hero and rock band becoming more “serious” about educating children of the understanding and creating of music.  I tried to find a patent on a game guitar that had 5 frets like the current versions, and included at least 3 strings to create a chord of sorts.  If anyone has the prototype out there, we’d love to be the test family for it!

Overall, I think that any medium for music is beneficial to the art overall.  I know there have been artists that have bashed the games for their lack of “realism” and inability to render the real experience.  This is true and doesn’t diminish the ability of such games to inspire and expand childrens’ musical interest.  Ever heard of cardboard guitars?  I had 2, another 2 crafted in shop class (for credit) from plywood and painted like Eddie in 1984, and don’t forget the tupperware drumset!

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  • 1. Susan  |  October 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Re: computer games for preschoolers

    Check out http://www.nickjr.com/games/fresh-beat-band/all-themes/all-ages/index.jhtml for music related fun for ages 3-6. Found under “Games & Activities” /”Preschool Games”/”The Fresh Beat Band”.

    Played it this afternoon with our 4 1/2 yr old granddaughter. Fun!

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    • 2. HarmonicFamily  |  November 1, 2010 at 9:03 am

      My son loves this band but I’m not sure I’m a fan, we’re big fans of Jack’s Big Music Show for sure!

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