A new kind of music interface

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Eric Knussen, Development Officer ICT Music
"The Skoog is an inspired and inspiring creation.  As soon as they see the Skoog the pupils want to touch it and they are immediately drawn into musical experimentation as they manipulate it." .”
Tanya McGill, Orkney Islands Council.
"I really welcome the genuine opportunity the Skoogs provide us to extend our instrumental service and be fully inclusive."
Prof. Nigel Osborne MBE
"A new instrument for established musicians, and new ways for all to play."
Petrina Lodge, Scope
"...one of the most exciting technological developments for disabled children and adults of any age, for some time."
Wendy White Special Children Magazine, Issue 205
"[The Skoog has] transformed the life of one young girl at our school in particular. On the autism spectrum spectrum with limited speech, she struggles to cope in every area of the curriculum. However, when she plays the Skoog, she becomes graceful, confident and at ease with herself. It's wonderful to watch."
Fiona Sharp, Community Musician
"Skoog is an essential part of my music kit, as it can provide variety in group music sessions, encourage and enhance individual creativity, and most importantly, it is great fun to play!"
Young and Able Magazine
"The Skoog, though silly and fun loving on the outside, contains within it the serious potential to turn anyone into a musician and enjoy the satisfaction of musical expression."
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Inclusive

Skoog is an instrument that is truly inclusive. For many people with disabilities one of the greatest barriers to making music is the dexterity required to play a more traditional musical instrument. Skoog removes that barrier. Since 2010 Skoog has been helping kids with disabilities find their inner musician. Watch the video to find out more.

Enabling

As well as being physically accessible, Skoog’s simple design combined with the software features enables those with learning difficulties to make and play music with peers without the need to learn traditional music theory. The ability to create and control musical sounds is also beneficial for a range of therapies and multi-sensory learning.

Supported

Working with musicians, students and educators from all over the world we have built up a range of resources to help make the most of Skoog in the classroom. Skoog comes with access to a range of online support materials including lesson plans, backing tracks and sample packs. There is also a Skoogmusic software platform for Mac and PC as well as the App for iOS. 

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Assistive

Skoog is equipped with adjustable sensitivity to suit a wide range of physical abilities. The multi-dimensional tactile technology opens up a variety of playing options using different body parts. Skoog has a tactile orientation marker and  is specially designed to work with a suction mount.

The App has a key detection function that integrates with your music library, and also features a built-in guided access mode.

Where to Buy

You can purchase Skoog 2.0 for £199.95. For schools looking to purchase Skoog via purchase order, find a dealer in your area here. You can also buy from Apple online or in selected Apple retail stores across Europe. For more information about our educational resources and additional software please contact us today.

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Skoog in Action

  • Skoog and Education

    Improved concentration, language, sympathetic engagement and social interaction.
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  • Skoog and Music Therapy

    The Skoog is the music therapist's equivalent of a swiss-army knife.
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  • Skoog and Autism

    "Skoog offers access to sound like no other device I have used before” (John Biddulph 2013 - specialist provider of Autism and Asperger Syndrome training, courses, mentoring, and counselling).
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  • Skoog and PMLD

    Skoog offers a unique opportunity to engage in expressive music making for users with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).
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  • Skoog and Special Needs

    The Skoog is a new musical instrument designed specifically to address the needs of children and adults with as wide a range of physical, mental and behavioural disabilities as possible.
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  • Skoog and Visual Impairment

    The Skoog’s simple shape, tactile surfaces and high-contrast design provide the ideal multi-sensory music making environment for the visually impaired.
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Our Small Team with Big Ideas

Dr Benjaman Schögler

Dr Benjaman Schögler

Creative Director

Dr David Skulina

Dr David Skulina

Technical Director

Keith Nagle

Keith Nagle

Musician, Teacher, Software Developer, Irishman

Morag Robertson

Morag Roberetson

Office Adminstrator / Sales and Marketing Support.

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I am passionate about making music accessible for everyone. Part of the NESTA team that invented Skoog. I am now Creative Director at Skoogmusic Ltd Promoting the benefits of active music making for all. As a musician I play bass. DJ soul, funk, afrojazz and a splash of french house. It was working with ecological psychologist Dave Lee, composer and pioneer Nigel Osborne and developmental psychobiologist Colwyn Trevarthen that inspired me to start on this journey.

You can access related academic papers here  LINK TO RESOURCES.

As a scientist and multi-instrumentalist with a 1st in Physics with Music and a PhD in Musical Acoustics, I’m deeply fascinated by all aspects of technology and I live in constant wonder of the emotive nature of music. I need to understand how stuff works so that I can make it better. I am passionate about finding new and innovative ways of interacting with sound and I believe in enabling musical expression through natural and instinctive interfaces. And I don’t read music, I play by ear.

I developed a fascination with digital audio as a Galway youth and this intensified during post graduate work in software development. I spent many years as a musician and teacher (of both guitar and computer science) but eventually decided to combine my two passions by studying Sonic Arts at SARC in Queen’s University, Belfast. An opportunity arose at Skoogmusic, and over 3 years later I’m still here acting as a kind of software developing Swiss army knife. Never a dull moment at Skoog HQ!

As a pianist and a singer I have loved music throughout my whole life, and I am super keen to share this love with as many people as I can. The inclusivity of the Skoog is perfect for that, allowing for everyone to get involved! Having graduated in Journalism from Napier University earlier this year it’s great to be involved with something that is making a difference.

Grounded in Research

Skoog’s origins lie in research pioneered at the University of Edinburgh led by Professor Nigel Osborne. In collaboration with The Tapestry Partnership, the researchers engaged in extensive consultation with schools between 2003 and 2005, identifying music as a tool for improving learning engagement in children, particularly those with profound physical and learning challenges. With support from NESTA the team set out to create a new instrument that was truly inclusive. You can find out more about the history of Skoog here.

Skoog 2.0 for Education

If you have a question about buying Skoog for your organisation or for specialist advice about how Skoog can contribute to your music education plan please contact us today.

Skoog 2.0 for Education