Pick. Music Ace Deluxe is designed for beginning
music students. Ideal as a complement to music lessons, the
program takes children through a series of lessons that
focus on the fundamentals—those concepts that are
essential to understanding—of music learning.
an onscreen piano keyboard is a focal learning tool in Music
Ace Deluxe, the program is appropriate for learning musical
notation, tempo, and more, for students of other musical
Max, a friendly animated conductor, is children’s guide
through the lessons and games of the program. He talks to
children as text balloons appear, so that kids can both hear
and read instructions. Some answers to questions are in text
format only, making the program best for children who can
read. Maestro Max offers his congratulations (backed up with
applause) for correct answers and simple phrases such as
“Try again!” or “You were late on this note” when
36 lessons in Music Ace Deluxe, each of which is supported
by a game that reinforces and tests skills learned in the
lesson. The lessons are interactive and straightforward,
providing children clear, gradual instruction. With its
visual format, children come away from each lesson with a
solid understanding of the concept introduced—whether
it’s the basic configuration of the Grand Staff or the
step patterns of a scale.
children can attempt lessons in any order they wish, it is
probably best to follow the lessons in order, as they build
upon each other. Lesson 1 introduces children to the staff,
lines and spaces, ledger lines, pitch, treble and bass clef,
and the definition of a Grand Staff. The lessons are
interactive—children, for example, move notes to spaces
and lines, and discern which of two notes has a higher
each lesson, children are presented with an Intermission
screen from which they can choose to repeat the lesson, play
the lesson’s games, move on to the next lesson, or access
the main menu and progress screens. The games reinforce the
lessons learned and include a scoring system that helps
motivate children to not only do their best, but to repeat
the games so that they can better their high score.
testers were enthralled with the game. For one, they found
the program’s animated notes adorable. The colorful notes
sport cute little faces. They not only sing, their smiles
widen when children drag them into the correct places, and
they dance when kids have made a successful match.
Deluxe includes a wonderful musical composition tool—the
Music Doodle Pad. Children can open a sample song from the
Jukebox and then modify it, or create their own compositions
by dragging notes from the sound palette onto the staff.
Notes can be connected, rearranged, and deleted as users
please. There are six musical instruments to choose from,
and beats can be inserted into compositions. Children can
sit back and not only hear their songs play—they can
actually watch both the singing notes and the onscreen piano
playing the tune!
children experience the game, they are exposed to a wide
variety of classical music excerpts--from Brahms to
Beethoven to Liszt. The program speaks to children, but is
never too chatty. In fact, the overall atmosphere of
the game is one of patience and acceptance, which builds a
supportive environment for learning.
educational content of the program is well-structured and
sound. Children move through lessons at a gradual pace as
they learn and develop note reading skills, ear training,
and musical terminology. Kids learn about scales, rhythm,
melody, harmony, key signatures, time signatures, and more.
Music Ace Deluxe is a satisfying and helpful learning tool
that will enrich any child's understanding of, and
appreciation for, music. Exceptional!
- Cartoon graphics, fun
storyline, humor intact.
- Doable challenges.
- Difficulty levels and
factors that encourage replay.
- Although elements vary in the game,
the program is somewhat short-lived.
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|Reviewed February 2004