Fun ways to make beats

11 Apr

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In the past days I have been looking for apps that would make creating beats easy and fun to children in the autistic spectrum. I found 2 that are particularly helpful and these are: Keezy Drummer and Figure . I recommend for 3 reasons mainly: easy, playful, minimal and structure layout, which is very important to keep the children […]

iGaze with Greta

11 Apr

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So, after years of using the iPad to access music making, Greta was ready for something else. After a few months of fundraising, Greta’s parents were able to purchase one of the most effective and engaging music technology, called Eye Gaze by Tobii. This technology allows the user to have control over a dashboard simply by moving […]

Using Bloom with people with dementia

17 Apr

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During a project led by Drake Music Scotland I have observed how residents in a care home, have used an app for iPad called ‘Bloom’ in sessions.  This particular app is part instrument, part composition and part artwork, and its innovative controls allow the user to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping […]

A special visit

29 Apr

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Last week, the scottish singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt came to visit one of the settings I work, the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh. Nina is a supporter of music therapy and she showed a genuine interest and great perception for this discipline. She played a few songs to the kids and joined myself in a session with […]

Time to present!

5 Apr

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This is really happening! I have just been informed that I am going to present my research paper ‘An investigation into the potential of the iPad in music therapy’ at the conference ‘Music therapy advances in Neuro-Disability – Innovation in Research and Practice’ this June in London! Pretty, actually, VERY much excited about it! It’s going to […]

Toca Band…a really good fun band

17 Jan

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This is actually a genius app, fantastic to use in music therapy sessions with children and teenager (and why not…adults as well!). The app features a range of cartoon characters, each of which sings part of a simple, silly and catchy song, made by only 4 chords (C-F-D#-G). The cartoon characters are interesting, with crazy outfits and looks, and […]

Using pedals in MT sessions

14 Jan

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Recently I have started using pedals (BOSS LOOP STATION RC-30, BOSS PHASE SHIFTER PH-3, DE SALVO DELAY) in music therapy session with a male teenager affected by severe autism. I realised that these effects helped building a sense of engagement within the session, and improvisations always led to a momentum where my client was able […]

Visual Music Therapy

21 Sep

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…on the same length of Singing Fingers, I also found this wonderful video which expand the idea of ‘see sound’ and hear ‘colour’… Visual Music Therapy   I am finding this approach where valuable when working with children with PMLD (and not only), as it offers them a wider sensorial experience during music making. I […]

Singing Fingers…

21 Sep

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Imagine you could see the sound transformed in colours… Singing Fingers is the first app that allows the user to pain using the voice… have a look at this! Singing Fingers Video as you probably already got it…with Singing Fingers you can record a sound-drawing in a very easy way! No complex buttons, rules or […]

Technophonia…a different gig, that’s for sure!

12 Jun

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Technophonia is nothing like I have seen in the past… Oliver Searl’s orchestra is an inclusive project where the talents of 3 young people with different disabilities were showcased. The technologies used were SoundBeam, Brainfingers and Skoog. The warmth and vibrancy of the orchestra was complemented by the refinement and freshness of these devices. The […]