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The Learning Screen Karaoke is a handheld portable LeapFrog toy introduced in 2003 using educational songs and traditional favorites, making a total of 52 songs. There is an attached microphone to it.

Characters

Singers

The following singers for the first 3 song tapes sing 36 of 52 songs/do the pre-recorded voices of the songs.

Songs

The Learning Screen Announcer announces each song title and the song plays. After each song, the announcer shouts "All right!", "Bravo!", "Great job!", or "Sing it again!".

Information

The songs for ABC Hits, Numbers and Fun! and Phonics Favorites! are composed and written by Gunnar Madsen, Bevin Blectum, Jeanne Parson, Judy Munsen, Jay Cloidt and Brad Fuller. The Traditional Tunes include all original arrangements by Jeanne Parson, Andy Belling, Jon Herbst and Brad Fuller.

ABC Hits

This section has 5 songs that teach the ABCs, uppercase and lowercase letters, rhyming, spelling and phonics.

  1. The Uppercase Alphabet Song
  2. Cool Speller
  3. Rhyme Time
  4. The Lowercase Alphabet Song
  5. Annie-Annie Ooh

Numbers and Fun!

This section has 6 songs that teach early math, counting and the days of the week.

Phonics Favorites!

This section includes songs about the letters and their phonetic sounds.

There are 26 letters of the alphabet, with their individual sounds. To see the lyrics for each song, click here.

  • Aa
  • Bb
  • Cc
  • Dd
  • Ee
  • Ff
  • Gg
  • Hh
  • Ii
  • Jj
  • Kk
  • Ll
  • Mm
  • Nn
  • Oo
  • Pp
  • Qq
  • Rr
  • Ss
  • Tt
  • Uu
  • Vv
  • Ww
  • Xx
  • Yy
  • Zz

Traditional Tunes

This section includes 15 children's classic tunes that are made popular over the years. These songs in this section have their original arrangements. However, all 15 songs in this section are the instrumentals. To see the lyrics for these songs, click here.

  1. Pop! Goes the Weasel (Traditional)
  2. I've Been Workin' on the Railroad (American)
  3. London Bridge (English)
  4. Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Traditional Round)
  5. Mary Had a Little Lamb (Sarah Josephina Hale, John Roulstone)
  6. Itsy Bitsy [Eensy-Weensy in the UK] Spider (Traditional)
  7. I’m a Little Teapot (George Sanders, Clarence Kelley, American) (cut off in a few copies)
  8. Oh Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone? (German, Alice Hawthorne)
  9. Yankee Doodle (American)
  10. Old MacDonald (American)
  11. She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain (Spiritual Song)
  12. Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Jack Norworth, Albert Von Tilzer)
  13. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Jane Taylor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  14. Wheels on the Bus (Traditional)
  15. Oh! Susanna (Stephen Collins Foster)

Trivia

  • The UK version of Traditional Tunes includes eight (sometimes nine or ten) songs instead of fifteen, presumably because seven of the fifteen songs are considered American only. Old MacDonald, Yankee Doodle, I've Been Working on the Railroad, I'm a Little TeapotShe'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain, Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Oh! Susanna are those seven.
  • For ABC Hits and Phonics Favorites!, the United Kingdom version features lowercase letters (abc) rather than the traditional uppercase letters (ABC).
  • Also featured (in fewer states like California) is the bilingual Spanish version, of which includes (or replaces) songs with other melodies for those with Spanish fluency. (e.g. La Cucaracha, De Colores, Spanish-style Phonics)
  • A schemed anniversary edition was scrapped off before it was sold to online and/or store markets. Phonics Favorites stays the same, ABC Hits were to feature 6 songs, Numbers and Fun! with 8 songs, Traditional Tunes with 20 tunes, however, it is unknown what songs were to be produced. More quotes were to be used after each song and title, and before the song plays like usual.

BEFORE THE SONG PLAYS (said by Leap, Lily, and Tad):

  1. "Let's Get Grooving!"
  2. "Hit it!"
  3. "Dance to the Music!"
  4. "Let's go!"
  5. "Sing Along with Us!"

AFTER THE SONG PLAYS (said by Leap):

  1. "Congratulations!"
  2. "Fantastic!"
  3. "You're Good at This!"
  • In the scrapped anniversary edition, there were a few replacements with the button functions. The sound effect buttons are replaced with instrument buttons which allows your child to play various instruments (possibly from Leap-font). The following instrument buttons are:
Instrument Picture Music played the second time you push its button Notes
piano Tad playing the piano "Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K545, 1st Movement (excerpt)" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) NONE
saxophone Leap playing the saxophone "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2, Farandole" (Georges Bizet) NONE
flute Lily playing the flute "Greensleeves" (Traditional) The audio is ripped from the UK version of the LeapPad book, Leap into Learning.
  • One song was scrapped off of ABC Hits (there were going to be 6 songs, but it got scrapped off to 5 songs):
    • The Alphabet Song (audio from LeapPad book Fiesta in the Town)
  • Two songs were scrapped off of Numbers and Fun (there were going to be 8 songs, but they got scrapped off to 6):
    • This Old Man (Traditional)
    • 1-2, Buckle My Shoe (Traditional)
  • The following five songs were scrapped off of Traditional Tunes:
    • My Bonnie (Traditional) (song and arrangement stays in White Explorer Globe)
    • Home on the Range (American) (stays in Leap's Pond Issue 1: Welcome to the Club!)
    • When the Saints Go Marching In (American) (stays in Explorer Globe)
    • A Bicycle Built for Two (American) (stays in Leap's Pond Issue 2: On the Move!)
    • Sailing, Sailing (Traditional) (song and arrangement stays in the White Explorer Globe)

There were originally going to be 20 tunes in this section, but these 5 got scrapped out because the toy doesn't want to stash so much sound data (possibly).

  • Compared to the Fridge DJ Magnetic Learning Radio, some songs include obvious instrumentation differences. Here is an example:
    • The differences are particularly apparent with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".
      • On the Learning Screen Karaoke, the trumpet takes the main melody while the flute has the counter-melody, while on the Fridge DJ the main melody and counter-melody clash because they are played on the same instrument (which happens to be the square wave) and in the same register.
  • In Traditional Tunes, the following instruments serve as the main melody as a guide for the player to sing along, and counter-melody:
Song Instrument (Main Melody) Instrument (Counter-melody)
Pop! Goes the Weasel Saxophone (1st half), Banjo (2nd half) Violin, Vibraphone (2nd half)
I've Been Working on the Railroad Banjo (Verse and Pre-Chorus), Violin ("Someone's in the kitchen..."), Recorder ("Fee-fie...") Flute ("Fee-fie...")
London Bridge Recorder (1st verse), Violin (2nd and 3rd verses) Saxophone (1st verse, 2nd half), Violin (2nd and 3rd verses)
Row, Row, Row Your Boat Recorder (1st time), Violin (2nd time)
Mary Had a Little Lamb Organ (1st verse), Recorder (2nd and 3rd verses) Mute Guitar (2nd verse), Organ (3rd verse)
Itsy Bitsy Spider Saxophone Recorder (harmony), Flute (most parts of the song), Trumpet, Vibraphone ("Out came the sun...")
I'm a Little Teapot Flute
Oh, Where, Oh, Where, Has My Little Dog Gone Organ (1st time), Flute (2nd time) Vibraphone
Yankee Doodle Flute Flute (harmony)
Old MacDonald Trumpet (1st verse), Violin (2nd verse), Saxophone (3rd verse) Flute (2nd verse), Saxophone (3rd verse, last lines)
She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain Violin (1st verse), Piano (2nd verse) Recorder (1st verse), Trumpet (2nd verse)
Take Me Out to the Ballgame Trumpet Flute
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Flute
Wheels on the Bus Piano (1st verse), Recorder (2nd and 3rd verses) Flute (2nd and 3rd verses), Banjo (3rd verse)
Oh! Susannah Banjo (1st verse), Recorder (2nd verse) Violin

LED Screen

The LED screen is a 6x7 dot matrix. For those with a musical and "picture-recognition" mind, it is sometimes hard to tell with the little stick-figure depiction of the graphics that match the words of each song, but they could easily recognize that the graphics fit the concept of the song (e.g. For the song Old MacDonald, the screen displays a different animal for each of the 3 verses: a horse, a dog, and a duck, along with a farmer, a tractor, a barn, the sun, and the letters "E-I-E-I-O" as that part of the song ("E-I-E-I-O!") appears).

Buttons

  • High and Low Pitch Slider for changing the pitch of the voice
  • Song selection buttons (<, Play/Stop, >)
  • Sound Effect Buttons:
    • Introduction ("Ladies and gentlemen, the star of our show!")
    • Drum Hit (Drumbeat followed by cymbal and "Woohoo!")
    • Applause

Musical Instruments

In this toy, the following Leap-font instruments are selected for all of the songs and the Traditional song arrangements; this collection of selected instruments is to be called The Learning Screen Karaoke Instrument Bundle. This listing is from the Leap-font.

List

  1. Piano
  2. Vibraphone
  3. Rock Organ
  4. Acoustic Guitar
  5. Muted Guitar
  6. Electric Bass
  7. Violin
  8. Trumpet
  9. Tenor Sax
  10. Flute
  11. Recorder
  12. Synth
  13. Banjo
  14. Untuned Percussion
  15. Drum Set
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