Customer Stories

In this section you can explore how different people are making use of the Apollo Ensemble in a variety of settings. From music therapy to music performance; sensory rooms to interactive exhibitions, we'll be talking to users to get their ideas on how best to use the equipment as well as suggestions for the kit you'll need.

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Inclusive Music Projects, AAM

Accessible Arts & Media Inclusive Music Projects (IMPs) are fully inclusive music projects that make use of both technology and traditional instruments. We asked Project & Technical Officer Aled Jones to tell us how they make use of Ensemble within their workshops.

Rose Kent

“It’s useful being able to so easily customise the Ensemble system to the needs of each individual participant because there is no ‘one size fits all’ in this work.”

Rose Kent, Accessible Arts & Media

Two children play music together by using switches.

The SKUG Centre, Norway

SKUG is pioneering work in Norway to enable children of all abilities to take part in music education and to perform and enjoy creating music. Teacher Elin Skogdal talks about how Ensemble is helping them in this work.

Elin Skogdal, teacher at SKUG

"The fact that you can use any normal switch, floor pads, other sensors, game controllers, and now also switch boxes makes it unique and means it can cater for almost any adaptation needed. That is perhaps the biggest advantage if you compare Ensemble with any other system, and for SKUG it enables us to adapt to teaching and performances at all levels."

Elin Skogdal, SKUG Centre

Lighting bars in the activity hall at the Dales School.

The Dales School, N. Yorkshire

The Dales School caters for pupils with profound, multiple and/or severe learning difficulties aged 2 - 19. Music specialist Mike Sissions discusses how he uses the Ensemble to work with children across the curriculum.

Mike Sissons, Teacher at the Dales School

"There’s an inclusivity about the use of it because pupils who wouldn’t be able to vocalise or use traditional acoustic instruments can participate in whole music sessions using Ensemble."

Mike Sissons, The Dales School

Guitarist plays alongside switch user in a wheelchair

Gordon Parry Centre, Leeds

The Gordon Parry Centre in Leeds describe how they are using the Apollo Ensemble in both fixed and portable setups for accessible music opportunities. The centre works with a range of children and adults with special needs.

Diane Paterson

“Often a single switch will only do a single thing, but Ensemble enables you to use a single switch to advance through a pre-programmed, complex series of elements - both sound and visual - so that all the user has to do is focus on the rhythm and timing.”

Diane Paterson, YAMSEN

Archive Stories

Read some of our older customer stories, for lots more ideas and inspiration.

Dept of Electronics, Uni of York

Professor David Howard and Dr Andy Hunt explain how Ensemble integrates with their existing technology, and allows them to add that extra element of creativity to their courses.

Sensory Extra, AAM

Sensory Extra sessions provide a way for people with learning difficulties and disabilities, along with their support workers, to have fun with music and multisensory activities.