Skoog

Get ready to free the musician inside with the easy-to-play instrument made for everyone. The Skoog is not a typical instrument. Whatever your skills, abilities and musical talents, the device’s user-friendly design and feature rich software are the key to your musical freedom. It’s easy to see why this device has been widely adopted as an accessible instrument in schools and a tool for professional musicians worldwide.

Videos

Skoog: Videos


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Features

Skoog: Features

Skoog

Sensitive all over to touch: feather-light to full body-weight. Simply twist, pinch, roll or press the soft, squeezable Skoog and start making your own music straight out of the box!

Skoogmusic accessible music software sets the standard for delivering inclusive music provision. This award-winning software includes a rich and flexible set of instrumental music tools that engage students in expressive communication and music making.

Choose from a range of expressive computer models of real instruments, record your own samples and make music using your own voice. Play along with mp3 backing tracks, color-coded note sequences and record your work.

  • A range of instruments: woodwind, brass, string, percussion and electronic – or create your own.
  • Record and use any sound.
  • Loop and layer your performances.
  • Adjustable skill and sensitivity levels to support a wide range of learners.
  • Sample playback, play through and mp3/wav/aiff backing-track support.
  • Easy to install and simple USB connection.
  • Mac and Windows compatible.

Use MIDI to access new sounds with GarageBand and Logic. The software is designed to make using the Skoog easy but has a few tricks up its sleeve too. Choose from “Physical modeling synthesis”, “Tap”, “Press” or “Squeeze” sampling instruments, or connect to GarageBand, Logic and other compatible MIDI devices and applications to open a whole world of new sounds.

Accessories

  • Mount Kit – attach the device to almost any flat surface or frame
  • WOWee – compact portable speaker which turns any surface into sound

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Benefits

Skoog: Benefits

Skoog

The Skoog enables children to experience and play musical sounds for themselves. Suitable for MLD, SLD, and PMLD, children with global delay, genetic conditions such as Down syndrome, sensory impairments, physical/medical problems and those with autism.

The Skoog is already in use in special needs and mainstream schools, music therapy and healthcare centers. The device supports inclusive practice in music education, and can be used to establish connections with pupils who have very severe communication difficulties.

  • Helps develop musical expression and communication skills.
  • Ideal for promoting inclusive music practice.
  • Improves motor skills, coordination and control.
  • Supports sensory integration.
  • An excellent resource for multi-sensory leaning and ICT.
  • Playable with any part of the body.
  • Suitable for all stages of curriculum.

Skoog
Designed to adapt and fit with your own natural movements, the Skoog sets you free to explore sounds and music in your own way. Skoogmusic software lets you adjust the device settings so you can challenge yourself and grow as a musician. Whether you have limited mobility or bags of agility, this device is the instrument for you.

Cerebral Palsy
The Skoog offers the opportunity to engage in music with the rest of the class. It is accessible instrument that can perform on an equal footing with the rest of the band thanks to its unique and adaptable software.

Visually Impaired
The Skoog’s simple shape, tactile surfaces and bright colors are geared towards low-vision users. Multi-sensory integration is one of the key benefits in use with the visually impaired.

Autism
The Skoog can be used to deliver inclusive and fruitful engagement in music making, providing the ASD child with the opportunity to contribute in both melody and rhythm. Using the pentatonic settings, players can very quickly create and engage in successful/tuneful music making that builds confidence and affords the opportunity to engage in general social skills such as turn taking and sympathetic engagement.

Down Syndrome
Fun, engaging, tactile and robust, the Skoog provides an intuitive and accessible platform for making music. The perceptually concrete nature of ‘find a color, play a color’ employed in Skores can open up a world of melody and group performance.


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1.0 vs. 2.0

Skoog: 1.0 vs. 2.0

Skoog 1.0
Skoog 1.0 Features:

  • Wired USB Connection
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
Skoog 2.0
Skoog 2.0 Features:

  • Wireless Bluetooth Connection
  • Windows, Mac, iPad & Android Compatible
Skoog 1.0 Software
Software Includes:

  • Access to over 200 songs
  • Ability to adjust target sensitivity
  • Over 20 musical instruments
  • Ability to input/import sounds
  • MIDI Connection
Skoog 2.0 Software
iPad App Includes:

  • Automatic Key Detection when
    synchronized with iTunes
  • Ability to adjust target sensitivity
  • 9 musical instruments
  • Ability to input/import sounds
  • Tilt to and move to play in addition to
    pressing targets
  • MIDI Connection
  • Can be used with Garage Band, adding
    over 150 instruments

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Testimonials

Skoog: Testimonials

Skoog

Music should be an important part of every child’s school life staring in the early years, but what if the children can’t hold a violin or blow a flute? For those unable to play orchestral instruments, music education technology can enable them to experience and play realistic sounds for themselves. As educators, how can we harness these advances in technology to help widen access to music services?

“The Skoog is an inspired and inspiring creation.”“As part of Fife’s Digital Literacy Creativity Team, along with my colleague David Imrie, I have been working with primary pupils at all levels to create digital animations and digital soundtrack music. Towards the end of last session I began to incorporate a Skoog into this project when working with early primary stage pupils, sometimes using it as a stand-alone instrument but more often using it to create a solo line over music we had already created in another software package.”

“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. They are further delighted when they discover the range of sounds available to them, particularly when they realise that we can record their voices and load the recordings into the Skoog software as samples which they can then play back with the Skoog.”

“From a teacher’s perspective the Skoog software is intuitive yet powerfully versatile, particularly in its ability to load samples and backing track by simply dragging and dropping, and in the ease with which performances can be recorded.”
Erik Knussen
Development Officer ICT Music
Fife Council Education Department

 

“I really welcome the genuine opportunity the Skoogs provide us to extend our instrumental service and be fully inclusive.”
Tanya McGill
Orkney Islands Council
YMI Newsletter Spring 2010

 

“This is more than just a sound making object, it’s a great way for young people to be introduced to making expressive sounds, and in time, music… 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.”
Young and Able Magazine

 

“A new instrument for established musicians, and new ways for all to play.”
Prof. Nigel Osborne MBE
Reid Professor of Music at University of Edinburgh

 

“The Skoog removes the social and physical barriers that preclude people from becoming the best musician they can be.”
Barrie Ellis
Oneswitch.org.uk

 

“The Skoog is a technological first that has the potential to make real and lasting change for musicians around the world.”
Ian Ritchie – Director, City of London Festival

 

“The children really enjoy playing with the Skoog and you can tell that from their body language and facial expressions.”
Alison Clark
Hillside School, East Ayrshire

 

“Music can have lots of benefits from concentration to listening to therapeutic benefits…relaxation, working with musical instruments, good expression of how people are feeling or not feeling and, depending on the mood of the service users we work with, we tailor the music to meet their needs. I think it’s been a fantastic tool in terms of working with service users, particularly service users who have very complex needs. For them to be able to touch something and get a response and then understand the response is absolutely incredible.”

“It could be used for communication groups and we have an expressive arts group… There’s a musical Makaton group which might benefit the service users who have used the Skoog.”
Cedarwood, 2010

 

“Those who are more able bodied can speak…whereas there are one or two people here that can’t do that but…they can just touch it gently and it will make a noise which allows them to take part. I think it’s something that we would probably integrate into a weekly or twice-weekly Skoog session for a core group of four or five people.”

“…(music) can allow the service users to integrate and enjoy themselves, smile and have a common ground with most other people. It just allows more interaction.”
Isobel Rhind Centre, 2010

 

“Music provision can provide an outlet for unique, individual expression and can open a huge potential for people with disabilities to truly express themselves…it can play a crucial role in providing an emotional outlet for people who are non-verbal to communicate by other means. I think there are many very attractive, inviting elements to Skoog, especially the texture, and touch sensitivity which inspires fine tactual manipulation. Its flexibility as an open tool has much potential.”

“… I think its something that we would probably integrate into a weekly or twice-weekly Skoog session for a core group of four or five people.”

“It’s very user friendly and it seems to be accessible for a wide range of people who can make meaningful connections between music-making and their own actions. It’s great to see a piece of music technology which is very robust and can be used vigorously without tentative supervision…The simple color-coded contact points are attractive to many people with whom I work.”
Sense Scotland, 2010


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Research

Skoog: Research

Skoog

The Skoog is much more than a beautiful, tactile cube; it includes specially adapted dynamic sensors cleverly arranged to respond to your every move, no matter how gentle or forceful you are interacting. By pressing, squeezing, rubbing, stroking, tilting or shaking the device, you can create different sounds and playing styles. Make the Skoog your own and express yourself through music.

Music-making is an important part of every child’s education. The benefits are well recognized and include improved concentration, language, sympathetic engagement and social interaction.

The Skoog in physical and occupational therapy:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Muscle Tone
  • Hand-Eye Coordination

The Skoog provides combined auditory and tactile reinforcement during therapeutic activities, and the reward for your client is instant. In this sheet we’ve pulled together the following top tips to help you to get the most out of your sessions and make sure you achieve your therapeutic goals.

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Top 10 Tips for Skoog Success in Physical and Occupational Therapy

The Skoog in education:

  • Promotes inclusive music practice and musical expression
  • Boosts learning, creativity and language development
  • Improve concentration, coordination, socialization and cooperation

Skoogmusic has worked closely with educators in both research and practice, and developed the Skoog to meet the needs of teaching and support staff alike. The device creates a ‘level playing field’ for music education and is used widely by children of all abilities and is very valuable to those with profound physical or learning disabilities.


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Tutorials

Skoog: Tutorials


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Skoog was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by Webmaster