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"A revolutionary tactile cube that will change the way people enjoy, create and learn music."

Ben Schogler, David Skulina

Ben Schogler demonstrating the skoog at Inspire Launch Grow

In 2006, the University of Edinburgh engaged in a research project with educational development organisation, The Tapestry Partnership. The project focused on addressing the lack of musical instruments in existence specifically designed for children with physical or learning disabilities. The aim of the partnership was to produce an instrument that would meet the needs of children with a broad range of disabilities.

Co-Founders Ben Schogler and David Skulina lead researchers and worked extensively with teachers and pupils in special schools across Scotland. By early 2008 the project had produced a prototype instrument that was the first version of the Skoog. Skoogmusic formed in 2009, a spinout from the University of Edinburgh, and in early 2010 Skoogmusic successfully completed its first round of funding. It has had continuing success with funding, securing investment from Angels, Scottish Enterprise SMART grant and the University of Edinburgh’s investment fund, Old College Capital.

Skoog is a musical instrument anyone can play. The universal design enables fun, accessible, expressive music-making for children, parents, teachers, musicians and families, including those with disabilities.

For many with disabilities, one of the greatest barriers to making music is the skill required to play a more traditional musical instrument. 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.

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.

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