Monday, June 15, 2015

Music at school : App for students with visual disabilities

Evard Grieg Google doodle

Here's anotther doodle I could not miss. Music. Today, Google is celebrating the 
172nd anniversary of the great musician an pianist, Edvard Grieg.

The doodle on Google homepage in Finland, Norway, and Denmark honors the Norwegian composer.

Evard Grieg, 1888

"He painted with notes."

Edvard Hagerup Grieg born on 15 June 1843 in Bergen, Norway. He 
is considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. 

His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum, as well as helping to develop a national identity, much as Jean Sibelius and Antonín Dvořák did in Finland and Bohemia, respectively.

He traveled widely throughout Europe, and considered "his music to express both the beauty of Norwegian rural life and the culture of Europe as a whole."

He died on 4 September 1907. Its most advanced music school, Grieg Academy, its professional choir Edvard Grieg Kor, and even private companies Grieg Music

The Edvard Grieg Museum in Troldhaugen (Grieg's former home in Bergen) is dedicated to his legacy.

He painted the people, the scenery, and the moods of Norway. In the immortal Peer Gynt Suites, Grieg captured the rising of the sun, the lamenting of a death, and, in "The Hall of the Mountain King," the imagery of a chase scene. His works contained what are yet today readily recognizable "tunes".

screenshot app Perles Audio Pearls

Now that we are talking about Music, I would let you know a game for students with visual disabilities: impaired vision or total blindness. 

It's Perles Audio Pearls, an app by Ludociels pour tous that we can find on Google play.

A music game for one or two players (collaboratively) playable in the dark. Inpired on the Spielberg's movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) where aliens arriving on Earth communicated using melodies by a color system.

screenshot app Perles Audio Pearls

it just so happens that a little green man, comfortably installed in his flying saucer, trying to talk to a Pink little woman. Unfortunately, sound pearl face our two UFOs are all mixed. Handling the notes facing the aliens so that the two melodies match.

How it works:

The game uses students listening and concentration skills. It has 16 levels, each level presents melodies increasingly long. The rating composing the melodies are reshuffled each portion to renew the life of the game.

screenshot app Perles Audio Pearls

Students with with visual disabilities:

The game may be played in the dark and can be handled by students with visual disabilities
  • impaired vision
  • total blindness 
Two players/students each one manipulates his own notes and seeks to match its melody to that of his partner. 


My usual readers know my thoughts about the importance of Arts in School Education, no matter the art field: Music, Dance, Literature, Painting, and other, all of them are essential to a complete and better education.

I pledge for Music in school curriculum. Music is the most inclusive art for all the students.

Beginning by talking about Grieg doodle, you can introduce some of his music in your lesson.


It's also interesting to your students to explore the websites:
  •  Grieg Academy; 
  • Grieg Kor;
  • Evard Grieg Museum. 
As I wrote before on my blog: Music has the potential to achieve social and psychological, and physical transformation of children and young people. Their sensibility will be accurate. They will be happy by playing music.

We must never waste such an opportunity as teachers! Captivating the major interests of our students on Music.

This game reminds me Bono at a concert some years ago when he invited a blind young man to play on the stage with U2.

Of course, kids and young adolescents love technology. And games/apps are important resources to include in your lessons.

How teachers and students can use it?
The app allows the students to work with musical sounds. Develops listening and concentration skills.

Curricula : Music, individual; two players.

Home : Individual learning work.

Levels : Primary and Elementary Education (aged 5-12)

Languages : 
  • French/ Français

Where to find  the app ?

Google play




Note: By buying this game you support the action of the non-profit organization ludociels pour tous that seeks to develop educational video games for people who may be socially excluded because of a disability or a dropout problem. You can see the details of its actions and achievement at its website

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."
Bob Marley

Hope you like Perles Audio Pearls as you liked Oratio's Flute Master and your students with visual disabilities enjoy to learn play the game. Another interesting resource to introduce in your lessons of you teach Music at school.

My passion for IT and education innovation makes me share some digital educational resources that I find on the web or on social media networking


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