Creative Musical Instrument Helps Kids Learn Basic Coding
Musicon aims to promote the development of social, motor, and computational skills
Musicon is a creative interactive musical instrument developed by Kamil Laszuk as a graduation thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. The design is based on research about the impact of music on children’s psychophysical development. As kids play with Musicon, making the various mechanical parts move and produce sounds, they engage in activities that are directly linked to the development of social, motor, and computational skills. The instrument inspires them to be imaginative and spontaneous.
Hundreds of buttons, which function as a simple coding language, provide an analog introduction to the digital world. Accessible and fun for all children regardless of their skills and abilities, it can be played alone and also encourages cooperation if used in a group with each child contributing to the music making process.
Musicon contains three instruments, held by a magnetic system set on an acoustic frame, which makes them easy to rearrange even while Musicon is playing. More instruments, including brasses, strings, and shakers can be added to make the instrument even more versatile, with extensions planned in order to grow the set. The keys can be struck independently of the revolving barrel while the coded tune is playing, or detached and played separately like a small piano.
Factors like the size, soft edges, and pressure needed to push the buttons have all been carefully designed with ergonomics in mind, making Musicon suitable for children aged two and up. It is fitted with a controller, step motor and optical sensor, ensuring the consistency of any tune played. High precision tools, traditional materials, and new production technology were used to build the unique instrument.
A Kickstarter campaign for Musicon is due to launch in March. Check out the creative instrument in the video below: