Morton Subotnick’s New Pitch Painter App Introduces Music Composing to Preschoolers

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Musical Finger Painting iPad App Empowers Musical Creativity in Kids

“Now, using Pitch Painter on an iPad, it is possible for children to play at being a composer, " said Morton Subotnick, the creator of Pitch Painter.

Morton Subotnick, the author of the highly acclaimed educational CD ROM series Making Music, announced today the availability of the iPad app Pitch Painter.

Pitch Painter is a musical painting application for the iPad designed for children 3 to 5 years old. It is simple, yet surprisingly sophisticated. Using finger painting as a metaphor, children can compose, erase, edit and save or load their creations. They can hear their musical creations played back exactly as they drew them, or as a normal piece of written music, from left to right, or upside down, backwards and even scrub them like a DJ. In addition, while enjoying creative play, they will experience a variety of musical instrumental sounds and authentic scale tunings from four regions of the world.

“Using simple tools like blocks or finger paints a child has been able to play at just about anything but composing music,” said Morton Subotnick, the creator of Pitch Painter. “In the past, musical creative play has been limited to singing or playing rhythms on drums or other objects. Now, using Pitch Painter on an iPad, it is possible for children to play at being a composer.”

The Pitch Painter app is available at the iTunes store and can be downloaded here.

For more information, please watch a video with Morton Subotnick, see pictures on how children are using it and visit the Pitch Painter website.

About Morton Subotnick
Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers of electronic music and multi-media performance. He is an innovator in works involving instruments and interactive computer music systems.

His work Silver Apples of the Moon has become a modern classic, and in 2010 was entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress, which selected only 300 recordings in total for this esteemed archive.

Subotnick is also a pioneer in offering creative musical tools to young children. He has authored the educational CD-ROM series Making Music which has been widely used by parents and educators to let children experiment with the fundamentals of pitch, rhythm, sounds and styles of music. Pitch Painter is his latest endeavor in utilizing mobile technology to ignite the musical creativity of children.

Subotnick tours extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as a lecturer and composer/performer.

Pitch Painter Facts:
Category: Music, Art, Composing, Educational, Children’s App, Generative Sound, Entertainment

Price: U.S.$ 2.99

Platform:    iPad only. Requires iOS 4.3 or later

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