Tactile, versatile, multi-sensory – Elaine Clark talks about Skoog. Elaine is mother of Emma Clark, a young musician who has Williams Syndrome. Emma is one of the Skoog players featured in the new video about Skoog 2.0 on Apple’s website and the song that she performs at the end of the video is her own composition Arctic Tern.
“There is something magical about it” says Elaine…
“You don’t have to read music, or play an instrument, it gives everyone the opportunity to create music” says Elaine, “It’s so tactile and versatile, Emma loves it.”
As well as performing with Skoog, Emma has been teaching others about the potential it offers to those unable to use traditional instruments. In a recent event at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow, Emma shared her experience of Skoog with teachers interested in learning about the work of the charity Drake Music Scotland and the innovative new technologies and teaching methods they use.
Here you can see Emma playing and singing ‘Arctic Tern’ in full. She is playing with David MacNiven of Drake Music Scotland – the nations leading charity creating opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn, compose and perform music independently.
David McNiven passed away on 18 December 2015. He was an incredibly gifted musician, composer and teacher.
David’s daughter Anya has set up a Memorial Fund at
https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/D… which will support Drake Music Scotland’s work in his memory.
Here is a recent review of Skoog 2.0 from a parent posted on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 starsIt is fantastic to hear her playing along while her sister plays …
“We purchased Skoog 2 for our daughter because she loves music and has played with Skoog 1 at her special school.Initial set-up was straightforward . We are now exploring Skoog’s possibilities… Playing with Skoog 2 seems intuitive for a teenager with many difficulties. It is fantastic to hear her playing along while her sister plays the ukelele.”
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