Here are a selection of lessons and ideas to help use Skoog with your class. Skoog was created for accessible music making and is a great tool for music therapy, special needs education and inclusive music practice. The physically accessible design in combination with the easy to use software makes it perfect for early years too! You can learn more about how educators are using Skoog on our blog.
If you have a great idea for Skoog or an activity you want to share please do get in touch!
Skoog An Introductory Course
Suitable for mixed ability classes.
This is a five-stage introductory course for the Skoog, designed for pupils who have no or little prior experience of using the Skoog. The content is flexible and can be adapted to suit pupils of varying age, abilities, and aptitudes.
DOWNLOAD HERE > Introductory Course for Skoog 2.0
Skoog and BBC 10 pieces
'Resources to support Skoog in the BBC 10 pieces'
This pack contains a selection of Skoogified resources for a selection of classical pieces for orchestras and ensembles. You can find more resources focussed on classical music on the BBC Ten Pieces website. The color scores have been designed to help you play alongside the backing tracks provided by BBC Ten Pieces, which can be downloaded via their website. Once downloaded, you can add them to the iTunes library on your iPad, and follow the instructions on this page to use the as backing tracks.
Handel, Bizet, Stravinsky, Haydn, Price, Prokofiev, Orf and Sibelius.
Skoog iTunesU Course
'Jamming with Skoog' by Autism Spectrum Australia
Check out this great course from the team at Autism Spectrum Australia. . Autism spectrum Australia have been using Skoog for two years now and have created a range of learning activities that they are eager to share with other educators. In this course you will find music lessons that are accessible to all children, from early play based experiences through to coding experiences and playing as part of a band. Prepare to jam with Skoog in 4, 3, 2, 1 – go!
Skoog set up tips for the classroom
Here are some tips for setting up skoog in a classroom or group environment and some other useful info for getting the most out of Skoog.
Skoog and Multi-Sensory Activities
Play along with Bloom. Jamming with generative music!
Using this handy guide to the different tunings or ‘moods’ in Bloom you can now play your Skoog alongside the Bloom app. You can play with Bloom and Skoog at the same time or just jam along with Bloom in ‘listen’ mode. The ever evolving tones and textures in Bloom create an infinite number of compositions to play along with. If you don’t have Bloom already go to http://www.generativemusic.com for more info.
Skoog Flash Cards
Printable Skoog color flash cards
Print out your own Skoog flash cards.
Explore different combinations of keys to create new possibilities
Using this handy guide to pentatonic keys you can explore and combine different keys to create new textures and melodic possibilities.
Skoog and Live Loops
Jamming with Skoog and Live Loops in GarageBand
Live loops enable you to build and explore song sections. This guide shows you how to use Skoog alongside Live Loops to remix a track, create and add your own instrument loops or just jam along.
Playing drums on Skoog
Using GarageBand drum kits with Skoog
Playing drums on Skoog using GarageBand drum sounds.
Play with tunes
Jam along to tracks from your iTunes or Spotify library
Using the automatic key detection in the Skoog app you can jam along with iTunes or Spotify, here is a short video to show you how!
Playing with Morse Code
Using morse code to develop rhythmic and notation skills.
A really neat way to develop listening, playing and reading skills using morse code as the theme for the lesson. Suitable for Nursery to Primary 4.
Learn to play 'My Bonnie'
Learn to play a folk tune using Skoog's colour notation.
The folk song ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’ – learn how to follow colour notation with the Skoog. Suitable for Nursery to Elementary / Primary 4.
Arranging music for Skoog.
Tips on arranging music for Skoog
With 5 notes and a bit of arranging, you can play all kinds of music! Here is a guide adapting music for Skoog.
Playing by chance
Use a simple dice to create Skoog jam
Use chance to set your Skoog up!
If you don’t have dice you can download an app for free from the App Store.
Learning Simple Melodies
Using colour to learn and play melodies.
Each side can be set to a different note. This means you can use colour sequences to learn and play songs.