Fam Bam: Got To Have Music

Fam Bam: Got To Have Music (feat. Brandy, Ray J, Sonja & Willie Norwood) for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

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Selected as a Best App for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians!

“Featuring music and narration by rhythm-and-blues singer Brandy Norwood and her family, this app engages children with its playful tone, love of music and cartoon animation. This family all loves music, but everybody has their own favorites and doesn’t want to listen to the others’ music. What’s a tight-knit fam bam to do? The conflict resolves with a fun twist as everyone learns to compromise. Tip: A great multicultural app about respecting others’ choices and having fun together.” – American Association of School Librarians

Featuring celebrity vocals by the musical Norwood family – Brandy, Ray J, Sonja and Willie Norwood – in their children’s book debut!

This Fam Bam loves music and loves to sing! But each family member likes a different type of music:

• Dad likes inspirational music (gospel)

• Mom likes jazz

• Sister Bandy likes R&B

• Brother RJ likes hip hop

• Brad, the family dog, likes opera!

They argue about whose music is better, until at the end of the day Mom comes up with a creative way to bring the family back together.

FEATURES

• 23 music-filled storybook pages featuring original vocal performances by Brandy, Ray J, Sonja and Willie Norwood.

• A warm-hearted, humorous story about resolving conflict and harmonizing differences of opinion in a family.

• Celebrates family bonds and music.

• Brilliant, colorful illustrations and animations on every page.

• Interactive storytelling – over 80 interactive touch spots keep young readers engaged.

• Choose “Read to Me” for full narration or “Read Myself” to exclude narration.

• Turn on Auto-Play for automatic page turning.

• For ages 2-7.

“This app is an excellent way to introduce kids to music and its multiple forms.” – User Review

Select “Educational Materials” in the left-hand column to see lesson plan ideas for use in early childhood music education.

Fam Bam: Got To Have Music children's book app

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Reviews

Best App for Teaching and Learning – American Association of School Librarians

Fam Bam: Got to Have Music (available for iPhone & iPad)

Featuring music and narration by rhythm-and-blues singer Brandy Norwood and her family, this app engages children with its playful tone, love of music and cartoon animation. This family all loves music, but everybody has their own favorites and doesn’t want to listen to the others’ music. What’s a tight-knit fam bam to do? The conflict resolves with a fun twist as everyone learns to compromise.

Tip: A great multicultural app about respecting others’ choices and having fun together.

Click Here to read the full listing of AASL’s Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2013

Kirkus Reviews – Fam Bam: Got To Have Music for iPad and iPhone

Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandy Norwood joins her brother and parents to tell an animated story about competing musical tastes.

This fam bam (a tightknit family, according to one definition in an urban dictionary) has music in their blood. Dad likes inspirational tunes, mom’s a jazz enthusiast, Brandy sings R&B, RJ likes hip hop, and Brad—the Yorkie-looking canine narrator—prefers opera. All of the family members sing their favorite genres as they go about their various tasks during the day. But when they’re all together, they argue about whose music is superior. The conflict resolves one night when their dinnertime conversation takes on a new twist, and by the end of the story, they’re all harmonizing. (Ages 3-6)

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iPad App Reviews – The latest and very best educational iPad App Reviews by Gill Robins

The latest app from See Here Studios features Brandy Norwood, the Grammy award-winning R &B singer, in an animated cartoon story. Join Brandy’s musical family, Ray J, Willie and Sonja as they sing their way through 23 pages of fun.

Brad, the family dog, starts the story off by introducing the music-loving Norwoods, each of whom prefers a different style of music. Dad likes inspirational singing and he demonstrates its effectiveness on the golf course. Mum likes jazz, RJ likes hip-hop, Brad likes opera and, of course, Brandy favours R&B. But there are problems when they are together, as they can’t agree on whose music is the best. In the end, it’s Mum who comes up with the solution, which is both humorous and sensible – buy the app to find out what she suggests!

In addition to learning about musical styles, readers can enjoy vibrant illustrations, animated character reactions, and three different play functions. But this is not just an app about musical styles, it also teaches children how to resolve family conflict in a fair, reasonable way that leaves everyone happy.

The app also introduces children to the concept of individual taste. Accompanying teaching notes on the developer’s website provide listening challenges and plenty of support to encourage children to identify and share their own favourite music. At its surface level, this is a story app which shares some musical fun with its readers. But it is actually so much more, demonstrating the language of music and its unique power in developing communication skills.

Age range: 2 – 6

Educational value: musical styles; resolving conflict; personal taste

Fun rating: 4/5

Educational rating: 4/5

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Credits

Voice Acting and Singing Performers:

Brandy Norwood – Bandy

Ray J Norwood – RJ

Sonja Norwood – Mom

Willie Norwood – Dad

Amir Tribble – Brad

Story, Design and Development: Wallace E. Keller and Valerie Mih

Producer: Mike Nieves

Writing: Wallace E. Keller

Lead Illustrator: Wallace E. Keller

Lead Animator: Adrian Martinez

Animators: Wallace E. Keller, Valerie Mih and Andrea Senise

Production Artist: Manuela Pentangelo

Music Producer/Engineers:

Prince Saheb and Donald XL Robertson

Additional music by Wallace E. Keller and Valerie Mih

Software Engineer: ZhiYun Qiu

Copy Editing: Parijat Desai

Support

Listed below are common support questions with solutions. Please email any additional support questions or feedback to info@seeherestudios.com. We will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!

QUESTION: What do I do if the app crashes or otherwise does not seem to work properly?

ANSWER: Please try resetting your device. To do so, hold down the circular “home” button on the face of the device at the SAME TIME as the small rectangular button on the opposite top edge. A “Slide to Power off” button will appear. Power Off the device completely, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then turn it back on by pressing the rectangular button on the top edge again. The Apple symbol will appear, and then the device will turn on. This will clear the memory, and will very likely resolve the problem with the app.

QUESTION: I am using an iPad2. What do I do if the audio does not play in the app?

ANSWER: With the iPad2, there is a hardware bug in which the Mute button may be turned on inadvertently. To fix this Mute button ON issue, please try the following: Go to Settings -> General -> Use Side Switch to -> set to Mute

Then, toggle the side switch button (small plastic button next to volume control) to the right. A red dot will show on the button. The mute symbol (headphone with a slash through it) will appear briefly.

Next, toggle the side switch button to the left. There should be no red dot visible on the button, and the volume control should briefly appear showing the audio level. Make sure the audio level is turned up using the volume control button. Mute has been toggled OFF. The audio in the app should work normally now.

Please email any additional support questions or feedback to info@seeherestudios.com. We will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!

Educational Materials

Fam Bam: Got To Have Music provides an engaging and fun avenue for introducing children to music in its multiple forms. Below are some lesson plan ideas for further exploration of music and musical genres.

Activity: What instruments do you hear?

Ask the reader to try to identify the musical instruments that can be heard accompanying each style of music heard in the book. Show illustrations and play sound examples of the instruments. With younger children, assist them in naming the instruments based on the sounds they can hear. Some of the instruments in the book include:

Inspirational/Gospel Music – piano, strings

Jazz – string bass, drum set, flute

R&B – piano, electric bass

Hip Hop – drum machine, synthesizer

Opera – orchestra (strings, brass, woodwinds)

Activity: Can you sing in a [fill in the blank] style?

After reading the story, ask the class to re-enact the story and sing to each other in the different styles represented in the book.

Activity: What’s your favorite song?

Ask each child if he or she has a favorite song. Ask the children to share their favorite song, and time allowing, help the children to teach a favorite song to their classmates.

Activity: Let’s listen to [fill in the blank] music

Ask the class to gather for a music listening session focusing on a specific genre of music introduced in the book (gospel, jazz, R&B, hip hop and/or opera). Play several examples of the genre along with images (still photos or video) of musicians performing the music.

After exploring the five genres mentioned in the book, branch out and explore other genres of music. Alternatively, encourage children to talk to their parents and family members about favorite types of music, and to bring in samples of the music to share with the class.

Additional On-line Resources

NPR: A History of Gospel Music

History of Jazz

Beginning of R&B Music

Hip Hop Timeline: 1925-Present

The New York Times: A Brief History of Opera

Famous Black Musicians

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

African American Gospel Music – Black History Month Lesson Plan

Blues, Gospel and the Fort Valley Music Festival, 1938-1943

Education World: What is Hip Hop?

Stevie Wonder Performs “Sketches of Life”

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