- Title: Interactive instrument uses music for child therapy and learning
- Date: 7th June 2017
- Summary: WARSAW, POLAND (â€ªJUNE 1, 2017â€¬) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST FOR SYNAPSIS FOUNDATION, JOANNA BURGIELL, SAYING: "Children have almost unlimited possibilities of experimenting with sounds, translating their imaginations to the instrument or acting with the instrument. It is very important that there is no possibility of failure that they can freely experiment in their own way and the one and only important thing is what I want to do with the Musicon and not what rules or norms impose on me." WARSAW, POLAND â€ª(â€ªRECENTâ€¬) (REUTERS) VARIOUS CHILDREN PLAYING MUSICON (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) MUSICON CO-FOUNDER, JAKUB KOZIK, SAYING: "Musicon is a kind of (counter) balance for electronic entertainment, it is a (counter) balance for overloaded education programs, it is a space where the child can simultaneously relax, play and learn." VARIOUS CHILDREN PLAYING MUSICON AT CHILDREN FAIR (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) MUSICON CO-FOUNDER, JAKUB KOZIK, SAYING: "There is one language which connects all people in the world, it is a music. We built our Musicon around music, around this potential. So that regardless of where you are from, you immediately understand what we are talking about. You get a Musicon and if you are from Africa or America you have a great time with it because it is the language which connects people around the world." MORE VARIOUS CHILDREN PLAYING MUSICON
- Embargoed: 21st June 2017 09:26
- Keywords: Asperger Kamil Laszuk child therapy instrument musical music Musicon
- Location: WARSAW, POLAND
- City: WARSAW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA0046KA3PZV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Musicon's inventor says its rotating drum resembles a giant music box and can be programmed by children to play any melody, while at the same time inspiring them to develop a number of skills other than their musical sense.
"Children seek to compose their melody and are not aware that they are learning mathematics, counting, that they have to cooperate with the partner they are playing with," said its inventor Kamil Laszuk.
The speed at which the barrel rotates can be easily set, anywhere between a slow lullaby and 144 beats per minute, with 720 light-touch buttons controlling when three instruments on top of the machine are played.
The instruments are held on by magnets and can be moved or replaced with different sounds at any time.
Two independent mechanical and electronic clutch systems ensure safety, along with a Stepper motor and an optical sensor to control the rotation.
Laszuk said they have now developed a complete education programme around the instrument.
"We constantly work together with different therapists, specialists, experts on different fields on the Musicon and it is very interesting that we see a 'Musicon method' emerging, which is an entire system how to educate children with the help of music," he said.
The company is now fundraising, aiming to get the Musicon into full production before the end of the year.
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