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 developed Skoog for use in the classroom. Check out our online support section for resources or visit our blog to find out how musicians from all over the world are using Skoog. The app has integrated support on iPad and  is compatible with other apps like GarageBand so you can use Skoog in all your music making activities.  For Mac and PC users there is also the Skoogmusic software platform.

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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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Educators using Skoog

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Deborah Nelson

Music teacher and Special Ed Teacher.

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Moira Thorburn

Music Teacher

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Billy Payne

Music Workshop Coordinator - Billy and Andy's Manchester Music School.

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Andy Haines

Music Workshop Coordinator - Billy and Andy's Manchester Music School.

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith Deputy Principal and Aspect Practice Specialist

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Adam Goldberg

Teacher of Instrumental Music and Music Tech

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Deborah Nelson is trained as a music teacher and as a special education teacher, with certification for students who are gifted and for students with severe disabilities.  She was honored as Palm Beach County’s Innovative Educator for her use of technology to provide access to curriculum for her students.  Deborah values Skoog’s unique design as being user friendly for formally tactile defensive students and uses it with Apple TV so students who are not actively using Skoog can see and hear what their peers are doing.  Even with physically challenged students she can facilitate Orff based activities through linking Skoog with GarageBand or Thumbjam to provide aesthetically pleasing active music making. You can read more about Deborah’s work on the Skoog blog.

Moira has taught music in complex needs special education for 22 years and prior to that music in primary schools for 14 years. She was introduced to Skoog in 2011 and has used it extensively in her work including working internationally with a schools in Australia in 2014 in a project celebrating the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Moira has extended her use of Skoog to elderly residents of care homes in the highlands and was recognised in a national competition to find innovative ways of working with people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is presently working with a young lady using  ii-Music and Tobii eye gaze with a view to her joining Drake Music Scotland’s digital orchestra. You can learn more about different applications on the Skoog blog.

Billy and Andy are a couple of bearded, indie-band types, who decided to leave their jobs as support workers at a college and start running accessible music workshops in and around Greater Manchester. Their main aim in their work is to facillitate young people with disabilities in spending their teens and twenties the same way they did; hanging out with friends and making music! They occasionally enjoy building their own instruments and hacking other people’s, and are part of Drake Music’s access.  You can read about some of  their work with Skoog on the Skoog blog!

Billy and Andy are a couple of bearded, indie-band types, who decided to leave their jobs as support workers at a college and start running accessible music workshops in and around Greater Manchester. Their main aim in their work is to facillitate young people with disabilities in spending their teens and twenties the same way they did; hanging out with friends and making music! They occasionally enjoy building their own instruments and hacking other people’s, and are part of Drake Music’s access.  You can read about some of  their work with Skoog on the Skoog blog!

Craig Smith, Apple Distinguished Educator and Deputy Principal at Autism Spectrum Australia, has been using Skoog with his students to support music making and creative play. As a teaching tool, Skoog supports both free and more structured activities. Building on the success of Skoog in play and improvisation, the team has created a unique new teaching framework that they are calling Lego music therapy.  You can learn more about Craig’s work  on the Skoog Blog or on Craig’s blog

Adam Goldberg is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a pioneer in the field of music education. For many years now Adam has been using iPad to provide his special needs students with access to high quality music making opportunities and now he is using Skoog to extend the creative possibilities offered by iPad. You can learn more about Adam’s work on the Skoog Blog.

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