Mazaam – The Musical Genius
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Mazaam is a new educational game that immerses children 4 to 6 years old in a world populated by funny animals. The challenge? Reunite sea lion families, feed eagles or help boisterous squirrels get to bed… While listening to music!
While playing, your child visits five playful worlds and discovers masterpieces of classical music. Your child improves musical, cognitive and social skills while exploring the fundamentals of music: tempo, timbre, pitch, intensity and harmony of sounds.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND MAZAAM
Studies show that music can favour improvement of young children’s thought structure and stimulate their creativity.
Mazaam also relies on the most recent research in positive psychology, neuroscience and education to teach children to decode the musical structure. Its educational program is based on the guidelines of the Canada Research Chair in Music and Learning.
Mazaam offers an intuitive and progressive framework. Visual clues provide guidance at the beginning of each module, then gradually disappear to solicit your child’s auditory attention more and more. Very quickly, your child becomes capable of distinguishing, associating and identifying musical elements.
WHILE HAVING FUN, YOUR CHILD LEARNS TO…
– use effective strategies
– set priorities
– evaluate the best option for dealing with a problem
– adapt to novelty and change
In short, in the Mazaam educational app, your child develops both cognitive abilities and musical knowledge, while having fun!
AN APP FOR CHILDREN… AND PARENTS!
In Mazaam, the parent-child relationship plays a prominent role…
– Follow your child’s progress in the Parent Zone
– Play with your child and share his or her experience in Duet mode, which puts you in the picture in augmented reality
– Discover other at-home educational activities to introduce your child to music
FIVE WORLDS TO DISCOVER
1 – Squirrel music box (low-pitched and high-pitched sounds)
Music involves low-pitched and high-pitched sounds that create melodies. Your child is introduced to the pitch of sounds, accompanied by squirrels bursting with energy!
2 – Chameleon music box (tempo)
The tempo sets the rhythm of a musical movement. Your child must differentiate between slow and fast musical excerpts. By playing with chameleons, your child learns to distinguish tempo.
3 – Lynx music box (soft or loud sounds)
Your child has fun discovering the different degrees of intensity of sounds: soft or loud. As the lynxes know well, the contrast between these different intensities forms musical nuances.
4 – Eagle music box (timbre)
Timbre is the “colour” of sound, the way each sound is produced. For example, it lets you distinguish a flute from a violin. Hungry eagles help your child become familiar with wind instruments and string instruments.
5 – Sea lion music box (harmony)
Musical harmony contains different elements, including consonance and dissonance. Your child learns to distinguish between more harmonious or more discordant excerpts with the help of likeable sea lions.
MAZAAM ALSO INCLUDES:
– Over 140 works of classical music
– More than 15 educational games to discover
– Without advertising and uncontrolled purchases
– Tested by children and by parents
– No Internet connection required
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When the app first starts, it begins some classical music that is very upbeat and jolly, and some fantastic design features and animations. It doesn’t require any words or explanation, as there is only one button to click (the plus button) then you select the avatar you want, based on 5 lovely designs. Again, text isn’t necessary, it all makes a lot of sense, which is fantastic for children of this age. You can of course this way, have multiple users and monitor all of their progress just through one app.
You can select the ‘adult’ button and fill in a simple maths question to access the full tutorial. The tutorial is incredibly detailed and really helpful, but also has excel-lent animation and design, to keep anyone occupied and interested!
Within this section, although it has the tutorial, you can also see all of the things your child has worked through on the app, how many stars they have achieved, and therefore how much progress they have made across different musical elements such as tempo, pitch, intensity, harmony and timbre. This is really fantastic for adults to be able to identify strengths and weaknesses for their child across the different levels and worlds. There is also further detail of all the music that their child has interacted with, and links to the music with their titles, composers and links to Spotify and Apple Music to listen to the tracks themselves. You are also able to purchase the full version here (which seems well worth it!).
From the main menu you can press the ‘child and parent’ picture, which allows you to play with an adult too. It offers the use of the camera, provides you with songs to select, and step-by-step guidance of how to play together. It was lots of fun and exercise by dancing together.
When the child selects a level to play, the design and animations are really fantastic. The layering, colours and music alongside is so interesting and full of character, I absolutely love it. When you open the world, there are some really clear instructions. However, on the first game, it confused me a little, as I hadn’t realized I had to click and drag… that might just need to be made a little clearer on the chameleon game!!
I loved the fact that the chameleon tempo level, for example, became more difficult by the fact that the colour of the butterflies changed, so the student couldn’t just match the colours. However, the chameleons still recognized which one they wanted so it kept it slightly differentiated. This worked excellently.
Overall, this is an excellent app. Full of fun for children, but so much to learn and enjoy, with excellent design and capabilities, and a fantastic opportunity for parents to observe, monitor, and take part too!