Rock Band, step aside, there's a new interactive instrument simulator in town. And its name is Magic Piano.
This app is seamless and an absolute blast to use. You are prompted to play a song by tapping on colored globes with 1 to 4 fingers, depending on how many buttons are on the screen. The game play can be fast, slow, or a default setting. There are over 1000 songs available, with more added daily. Some come free with the app, while others are available as packages with in-App purchases. A subscription plan is also available so you always get the latest song additions for a single annual price.
The use of this app for special needs children lies in the necessity to combine attention and focus with motor skill. The slow game play is a good easy way to begin improving motor skills while playing a fun game and improving focus and attention.
Interested in playing with vocalist? The Smule community is full of willing folks that want to jam. You can also broadcast your performances on the in-app Smule Globe, or listen to other and let them know what you think!
I see several benefits of this app outside of what I covered above. It's just a great app to increase interest in music in general and could easily prompt interest in learning to play the piano. And of course, you can share your performances across major social media. You can always just get it for yourself to play with. I mean, that's what I did...
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.