The Skoog: Musical Mastery for Kids With Disabilities

Jan 3, 2011
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.
With a tap of the Skoog, any kid can know the thrill of making music. (Photo:

Strumming a guitar or playing a flute is not always feasible for kids with physical disabilities.

Until the Skoog came along.

Created by researchers and musicians in Scotland, the instrument enables children, despite their handicaps, to play their favorite tunes. The device is soft and malleable and can be played by touching, tapping, squeezing or twisting.

The Skoog plugs into a computer's USB port and gives kids the option of playing 12 instruments, such as trombone, violin or clarinet. Budding musicians can follow along to popular tunes or create their own music.

The instrument was designed for special education purposes and is already in schools in the U.K. and Scotland.

Take a listen to an instrumental demo of the Skoog.

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