Elementary School course

Music Studio

  • IPAD
  • Voiceovers

Answer Key

Module 1: Octodrum

U.S. Standards

  • CCSS.Math: MP.1
  • CSTA: 1A-AP-09, 1A-AP-11, 1A-CS-01
  • CS CA: K-2.AP.13, K-2.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1c, 2b, 5c

U.K. Standards

Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Lesson 1: Octodrum

Course: | iPad


Recommended for students who have completed at least three pre-reader courses, Music Studio offers a set of creative sandbox environments where students generate their own music using code. To use Music Studio in your classroom, you must download the Tynker Junior app from the App Store. The Tynker Junior app offers a collection of courses specifically designed for young children (ages 5-7) who are still learning how to read.

In Music Studio, students explore four music-based sandboxes. In Octodrum, they program a repeating drum sequence. In Pocket Band, they program musical instruments with sequences to create their own ensemble and composition. Jelly Bash allows them to program a drum kit using tap events. Barbershop Bayou allows kids to experiment with chord sequences using loops.

Tynker Junior uses word-free picture-based block programming with fun characters to help kids develop animations, pursue adventures and solve puzzles and challenges. This enables young children—who have limited motor skills and are still developing hand-eye coordination—to learn to code using big blocks, pictures, voiceovers and tap-tap-tap interactions, without words or drag-and-drop or any other actions they may find too tedious or overwhelming. Tynker SmartPass enables younger students to sign in by simply scanning a code, without the need to remember any usernames or passwords.

Music Studio is only available on iPads and iPhones. Students can access the course using the Tynker Junior app on their iPad devices. These courses are not available on Android or via the browser at tynker.com.


  • Octodrum
  • Pocket Band
  • Jelly Bash
  • Barbershop Bayou

What Students Learn

  • Explore ways to compose music using code
  • Tap out drumbeats and sequence them using loops
  • Program an orchestra by connecting music stems with code
  • Program a drum kit using tap events and parameters
  • Compose music using a chord progression

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.
* Tablet courses require an iPad (iOS 10+) with Tynker or Tynker Junior app installed and Internet access

Lesson 1 : Octodrum
Pre-Reader Course Collection

Time: 45+ minutes


Tynker Blocks Introduced




Warm-Up (15 minutes)

Activities (30 minutes)

Extended Activities (10 minutes)