Customer Stories

Looking for ideas on how to use Ensemble in your own setting? Unsure of what pieces of equipment you might want to pair with the Ensemble software? This is the place to come for inspiration, ideas and tips.

We've asked some of our existing customers to share with us how they use Ensemble in their work. From first steps to more advanced users; early years projects to musical performance; cutting edge research to sensory learning, you'll find someone here just like you.

If you have a story to tell then please contact us and we'll be happy to help you share your experiences.

Welburn Hall School

National Star College

National Star College is an independent specialist college based in Gloucestershire that provides nationwide further education, training, personal development and residential services for people with physical and learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Support Technician Ed Grazier shared with us how the College have been putting Ensemble to use.

Ed Grazier

"Because of how you can set up Ensemble, you can create activities for the whole group, but also differentiate the activity so that individuals can take control of sections of the Ensemble map using their preferred choice of IT access."

Ed Grazier, Software Support Technician

Welburn Hall School

Welburn Hall School

Welburn Hall is a special school in North Yorkshire that caters for pupils with a wide range of physical and learning difficulties, aged 8 to 19. Music Coordinator Julie Green talked to us about her first steps with Ensemble.

Julie Green

"It has been a great way of introducing IT into my music lessons and also ensures we cover aspects of both the IT and science curriculum through music."

Julie Green, Music Coordinator

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Bumblebeats is an early years music, movement and storytelling program for children, that blends music with new technologies to support early childhood development. Founder Michelle Lockwood explains her choice of Ensemble software with Pretorian switches.

Michelle Lockwood

"For me, the main strengths of the software are the bespoke element and how easy and quick it is to operate. Other music software I have used tends to have very rigid approaches to music making and you are limited to what you can create."

Michelle Lockwood, Bumblebeats

People throwing around a soft dice to trigger images

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."

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

Archive Stories

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

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.

Gordon Parry Centre, Leeds

The Gordon Parry Centre provides accessible music opportunities to children and adults with special needs. Diane Paterson describes how fixed and portable Ensemble setups help them achieve their aims.

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.

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...”

Diane Paterson, YAMSEN