Testimonials

three ways school logoAdrian Snell
Senior Music Therapist
Arts Therapy Consultant for Curriculum Development
at Three Ways SEN School

Musii has made a real difference to some aspects of my work as Music Therapist and Arts Therapy Consultant.
So often in my work with children and young people with a wide range of learning difficulties and physical disabilities, I am searching for ‘tools’ that, whilst musically based, have other significant elements to them that increase the students motivation, and offer a variety of interesting and inspiring ways to interact with others.
Musii is most certainly one of them – indeed perhaps one of the most effective ‘combination’ instruments I have come across.
With its extraordinary visual appeal, it’s shape, tactility, and library of sounds, there are very few students I work with who aren’t initially drawn to the Musii, determined to explore its possibilities.
Once engaged, then, in professional hands, the possibilities are endless, far from just using it as a rather sophisticated ‘toy’!
For children with mobility problems, this instrument requires physical effort and control to gain the ‘reward’ of multi dimensional sounds and lighting effects: the more effort, pushing, rolling, bouncing, moving in general, the more potential for richer, longer, fuller sounds and melodies.
For children with social difficulties – in particular those that are resistant to sharing or joining with others in play – Musii provides a wonderful, immensely enjoyable environment for peer interaction, for turn taking and building sounds together.
For children with profound and complex needs, with its considerable flexibility over levels of sensitivity, the Musii can be programmed to respond to very slight movements, offering children with limited independence, the possibility, the ‘power’, of choice and control, the experience of ’cause and effect’ so to speak.
And working with a student, one to one, it gives the music therapist so much immediate scope, rhythmically and musically, for interacting, enabling the self expression that lies at the heart of a music therapy session.
Overall, I would want to highly recommend the Musii for usage in all the above contexts, and undoubtedly in many mainstream environments too.

bristol autism supprt logoKate Laine-Toner:
Head of Bristol Autism Support

My daughter is entirely non-verbal and enjoys a lot of sensory input. She loved playing with it, and even hummed along with the sounds she created – a great step forward! But best of all, it gave my daughter and I a wonderful way to play together and to bond. It takes very little physical ability to use. Therefore it allows people with learning difficulties or limited motor ability to play just for the fun of it

When I took Musii to a family event run by my autism support group, I could see even more benefits. Small children flocked to it and enjoyed playing with it together. It even attracted the attention of one older boy, who had been glued to a games console for most of the event.

www.bristolautismsupport.com

baytree_school_displayNancy Townend
Practitioner at Baytree School

Musii is visually very attractive and interesting – it makes you want to touch. As soon as you do touch, it’s very easy to be drawn into playing. It feels interesting with lovely fluid movement and can be pushed, squeezed, squashed or stroked. There is no right or wrong way to use it, which makes it a very positive piece of equipment to work with.
Pupils are able to work on their own with Musii, or by interacting or playing alongside staff or other pupils. It can be used to encourage an understanding of cause and effect, turn taking, communication (using the medium of music) encourage language and choices.
Musii could be good for encouraging movement – stretching, pushing and reaching. One boy crawled much faster than usual because he wanted his turn with Musii – another boy was motivated to crawl round to push each of the points. Musii was really enjoyed by a pupil who has Autism. She has some problems with her behaviour because she seems to be touch sensitive. She spent up to 1⁄2 hour focused on Musii – pushing and playing. Musii could be a way of calming her behaviour.

http://www.baytreeschool.co.uk/

 

three ways school logoLuke Woodbury
Programmer and Creative Technologies Consultant at Three Ways SEN School

Musii really fills a gap where there is not a lot of technology available. Some students with profound and multiple disabilities will not engage with switches, iPads, beams etc and need something very tactile and direct, the Musii fits here beautifully.
Musii has been a great addition to our school resources and tackles many issues with sensory technology. For example, beam and distance sensor instruments mostly do not have a tactile and physical feedback, whereas the Musii has a lovely enveloping feeling of pressure around your hand and arm which is a great incentive and form of feedback for many of our students.
Music technologies are often designed to be plugged into a speaker at a distance from the controller, giving a rather abstract relationship to cause and effect. With the Musii the speaker is built into the device and the whole thing vibrates with the sound so we have a very local and tactile feedback. What’s more, the Musii is hitting visual, auditory and haptic systems at the same time so can be used with students with a mixture of sensory impairments without worrying about leaving someone out. I am very much looking forward to exploring some of the more advanced features of the device!

www.threeways.bathnes.sch.uk

Mave Ash
Rachel Madocks School

Musii offers a musically based tool with other significant elements that increase the students motivation, and offer a variety of interesting and inspiring ways to interact with others.

For children with mobility problems this instrument requires physical effort and control to gain the ‘reward’ of multi-dimensional sounds and lighting effects: the more effort, pushing, rolling, bouncing, moving in general, the more potential for richer, longer, fuller sounds and melodies.

For children with social difficulties – in particular those that are resistant to sharing or joining with others in play –peer interaction, for turn taking and building sounds together.

For children with profound and complex needs, with its considerable flexibility over levels of sensitivity, the Musii can be programmed to respond to very slight movements, offering children with limited independence, the possibility, the ‘power’, of choice and control, the experience of ’cause and effect’. Unlike beam and distance sensor instruments. Musii has a physical and tactile response. It gives a lovely enveloping feeling of pressure around your hand and arm which is a great incentive and form of feedback a tactile and physical feedback.