Exploring the Use of the Skoog in Music Therapy with Children
(2014) Exploring the Use of the Skoog in Music Therapy with Children, no. 107.
This study is an exploration of the experiences of music therapists who have used the Skoog, a relatively new technological instrument, in music therapy with children. The study aims to give practising music therapists an idea of whether or not to use the Skoog in their music therapy sessions by providing research that has developed from their fellow practitioners' experiences and has been carried out specifically with them as the intended audience. The study explores how the music therapists experience the Skoog as an instrument and as a technological device in itself, as well as posing questions about whether or not the therapists felt that the Skoog could benefit their clinical work by facilitating communication and creating a musical relationship with children. Five music therapists and a music educator have been interviewed and the data has been coded and analysed in relation to a review of the existing literature on the use of technologies within music therapy. The study has shown that, for the most part, music therapists have found the Skoog a beneficial instrument within their clinical work, although they would be selective in which client populations to use the Skoog with. Some suggestions have arisen for the Skoogmusic Company itself, such as the need to improve the communication to music therapists regarding advances in the technology and also some ideas for further development of the product itself. This study provides a limited perspective on the use of the Skoog in music therapy as it is not yet being widely used in this profession, and it has been suggested that more research be carried out in order to gain a wider view of its benefits in the clinical work of music therapists.