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Skoog 2.0


The Skoog device is a tactile cube that allows children and adults with disabilities to explore creative opportunities available on iPad with GarageBand for iOS. Now anyone unable to play traditional instruments can join an orchestra or band and take part in a range of music-making activities. Skoog’s adjustable sensitivity and easy integration with GarageBand make it perfect for inclusive music activity.

Used together, Skoog and iPad expand the potential of music therapy for young children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s Syndrome and other developmental delays by offering hands-on opportunities to create and control sound expressively. Skoog’s sensory-friendly tactile nature helps greatly in developing new skills and promoting physical interaction with technology. For instance, Skoog’s immediate sensory input can motivate young people with autism to explore iPad functions.

Skoog and GarageBand on iPad let students compose and perform their own music without the need for keyboard, guitar or other traditional instrumental skills. They can poke, squeeze and press Skoog and it provides physical stimulation and acoustic feedback that plays instruments on iPad. The automatic key-detection in the Skoog app also lets anyone “jam” along with favourite songs in their iTunes media library using the instrument sounds in GarageBand and other MIDI apps.

Skoog is lightweight and portable, making it easy to set up and use. It connects to your iPad via Bluetooth LE or to your Mac via USB and comes with its own free app (available from the App Store). Or you can use it as a controller for other MIDI-compatible music apps.


How it's Played

Skoog opens up the world of digital creativity supported on iOS to users previously unable to access it. The tactile interface is a new kind of input device for making music with iOS. Just squeeze one of the buttons to produce the sounds set via the iPad.

The Skoog app integrates with iTunes and Spotify so you can play with the music you love. Choose a song, and the app will automatically tune your Skoog, so you can just play along!

Educators and music technologists can use Skoog as an alternate input device for a range of different music making apps.

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ROLI Noise (free)

Thumbjam (£6.99/8.99)

Modular (free)


•An alternative input device for making music on your iPad or iPhone.

•Comes with it’s own free App and is compatible with other iOS music Apps.

•Requires no musical training or knowledge.

•Suitable for those unable to use traditional instruments.

•Additional software available from skoogmusic.com


•Bluetooth LE

•Adjustable sensitivity


•MIDI compatible

•iTunes integration


•Mountable (rammounts.com)



The following teaching support materials are also included with orders):

SEN Music and Sound Play (an introduction for non specialists)

SEN Music Making - set of A3 posters summarising the benefits of different instruments in terms of A. Sensory and Physical Needs; B. Social, Emotional and Mental Health; C. Communicaiton and Interaction; D. Cognition and Learning

Instrument Cards - A5 Cards for each instrument in the kit, giving an overview of the benefits as set out on the SEN Music Making posters

What it Goes Well With


Skoog is compatible with iPad models that support Bluetooth Low Energy - this includes iPad 3rd

Generation, iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3; and running iOS 9+.

Skoog is not compatible with iPad 1 or iPad 2.


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