Music innovators take bite out of Apple

A University invention that helps make music more accessible is launching with an international retailer.

The instrument called the Skoog helps children who cannot use traditional instruments to make music of their own.

It was developed by University spin-out company Skoogmusic Ltd and is now available online at Apple Stores across Europe and the Middle East.

Interdisciplinary project

The instrument is part of an interdisciplinary project to provide all musicians with a new way to play music, including those with disabilities.

It was launched in 2009 and aims to create a level playing field for musical interaction and has been widely adopted, both as an instrument used in schools and as a tool for professional musicians worldwide.

It was developed by University researchers in the schools of Music, Physics and Psychology as part of a joint project to make music more accessible.

Our goal with the Skoog has always been to make music-making as accessible as possible, and through the Apple Store we are now able to bring the Skoog to many more people across the world. We want to help everyone to free the musician inside!

Dr. Benjamin SchoglerCreative Director of Skoogmusic and co-inventor of the Skoog

Accessible instrument

The Skoog is a colourful, squeezy cube that is sensitive to the slightest touch, yet robust enough to resist strong handling.

The instrument allows children who are severely disabled to play music in an expressive way, improving their communication and concentration skills.

The genius of the Skoog is that it provides very powerful music creation capabilities, but makes it so easy to use.

Professor Nigel OsborneRenowned composer and Reid Professor of Music


Dr Ben Schögler improvises music with the pupils of Hillside School and demonstrates how the Skoog can be used to support language development in children.

Spin-out company

Skoogmusic Ltd, has been spun out of the University in 2009 to commercialise its flagship product, the Skoog.

The spin-out was managed by Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI), the University’s successful research and commercialisation arm