From lullabies to clapping games, music is a big part growing up. Just the process of learning a new instrument builds lifelong skills like good work ethic and body-mind coordination. If your little karaoke partners are ready to take the next step and become “big” musicians, check out these 3 awesome music apps for kids. It’s a great way to gauge their interest before investing in the real thing.

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Morton Subotnick’s Pitch Painter
Age: 3+

We might be in an era of musical producers with the electronic dance age, but classical musical composers are just as cool! Think Beethoven and Mozart, John Williams (Star Wars) and Randy Newman (Toy Story) – they’ve all created songs that warmed our hearts, even without us knowing it! Morton Subotnick’s Pitch Painter is a music app that lets kids play with music composition through the style of finger painting. Little fingers can create compositions, choose different instruments and create tracks just with a drag and drop. Read more about this app on Common Sense Media.

Juno’s Piano
Age: 5+

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Before dropping several hundred dollars (or more than a grand) on a piano, try Juno’s Piano – Learn Songs, Play with Parents, and Free Play. This interactive and educational app is an electronic keyboard that budding pianists can use to learn simple songs and notes before moving onto the real thing. Read more about this app on Common Sense Media.

Other musical instruments to try: Drum Kit,

BandBlast: The Music Education Revolution
Age: 9+

At the end of the day, serious musicians will need to learn music theory to advance, and like all difficult lessons, maintaining interest boils down to enjoying the learning process.BandBlast makes music theory fun and engaging through a series of videos, short quizzes, games, and progress tracking components. Let’s just say we wish we had this growing up. Read more about this app on CommonSense Media.

What music apps do your kids absolutely love? Let us know in the comments below!

— Christal Yuen