Skoog and Swift Playgrounds

On June 1st Apple announced the latest update to Swift Playgrounds – a revolutionary iPad app from Apple that makes learning to code fun and interactive.

The news about Swift also featured at WWDC 2017 Platforms State of the Union session.

Watch the video. (Skoog features from around 4mins 45 seconds)

Swift Playgrounds now supports connection to Skoog. With Swift Playgrounds and Skoog, users around the world can learn and apply fundamental coding skills to program, control and make music with Skoog. With specialized lessons for iPad, Skoog and Swift Playgrounds allow students to write code and see it come to life in the physical world.  Swift is a powerful and intuitive programming language created by Apple for building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. It makes programming easier, more flexible, and more fun.

Breaking News! MIDEM 2017

Skoogmusic has been unveiled as one of 20 young music businesses to reach the 2017 shortlist of Midemlab – the world’s leading music startup competition which is part of the renowned Midem music industry conference hosted each year in Cannes.

With alumni including Soundcloud and Kickstarter, this prestigious ‘hotlist’ is picked by some of the music industry’s leading figures and features the 20 most promising and innovative businesses that are breaking new ground for consumers’ experience of music. A finalist in the ‘music creation and education’ category, the Skoogmusic team will pitch to judges – including Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda – on 7th June with winners being announced at Midem’s prestigious gala dinner for 200 international music industry decision makers that evening.

Commenting on the announcement, Co-Founder Dr Benjaman Schögler, now the company’s Creative Director, said:

‘To find ourselves on the shortlist of this year’s Midemlab  is an incredible honour, given the calibre of the competition’s judging panel and of the businesses that have made it on to this shortlist in the past. We are now stepping up our efforts to take the Skoog message and experience to the global stage in what is set to be a transformative year for our business.’

Breaking News!

Skoog to Feature in New ‘Field Trips’ at Apple stores around the world.
Starting in April, Apple stores will offer two new Field Trip sessions globally with a fun and inclusive musical instrument for iPad called a Skoog.

Last year Apple hosted over 50,000 field trips in their 485 retail stores across the world and in April 2017 Apple updated its retail Field Trip landing page to include Skoog. Apple stores will offer two new Field Trip sessions globally with the cubic musical instrument created especially for kids by the Edinburgh based startup Skoogmusic ltd. Skoog is a musical instrument anyone can play – watch the video here.

Parents and teachers or anyone interested in learning more can reach out to their local Apple Store and request a Skoog Field Trip. 
These new sessions are in addition to accessibility workshops already offered globally covering: vision, hearing, physical motor, and literacy and learning topics.

Skoog 2.0 is available to purchase online on the Apple Store and from retailers and distributors around the world. To find a distributor or retailer in your area visit our where to buy pages. To find out more about Skoog check out the links below:

Skoog User Stories

Some example of Skoog being used across different situations – in education, by a young musician with Williams Syndrome and in music therapy with autistic children:


Skoog with yellow side facing out.
Skoog - Yellow Side
Skoog - Blue Side
Skoog with red side facing out.
Skoog - Red Side
Skoog with green side facing out.
Skoog - Green Side
Side view of Skoog
Skoog - Side View 1
Side view of Skoog - yellow / blue
Skoog - Side View 2
Skoog with iPad
Skoog with iPad
Skoogmusic App for iOS
Skoog App for iOS
Skoog - Suitable for a wide range of disabilities
Group of children playing Skoog
Girl & boy playing Skoog
Close up hands on Skoog



More videos, interviews and performances on Skoogmusic’s Vimeo and Youtube Channels.

Skoog in Action

The Digital Orchestra is a group of talented young musicians with disabilities who meet up at Drake Music Scotland’s studios every week to rehearse, develop their musical skills and create new music using inclusive music technologies.

Background Press
BBC Coverage
Original Skoog Project