Eto music practice ltd is a small private producer and publisher of music practice apps based in Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales. The apps are used in some 35 countries and our school choir apps have been used by some 3,000 schools in England and up to 150,000 school children.
Helping hearing impaired with music practice
I was thrilled when my colleague Robert Winter copied me into an email thread about a news piece he had watched on ITV Wales News.
It concerned a young lady of 16 who played the clarinet…very well. Amazingly well considering she is profoundly deaf.
She expanded in her interview how she hears/ senses the music she plays through her fingers and vibrations and a link to her hearing support.
I immediately felt a sense of almost guilt at the time….when younger…I avoided practising my trumpet!
The outcome was/ is that Robert has written to an organisation called Fixers who help Poppy and others in similar circumstances. He offered Poppy an opportunity to choose..if she wanted…our eto Music Practice Apps to work with and to see if they help or aid and have advantages over sheet music. The audio on each app is correct for all music notation, whatever the instrument, will certainly help students to understand the hearing and feeling of the ‘correct’ notes as well as learn to read music notation.
We also produce a range of practise/ rehearsal school choir songs, and our belief is that these will considerably help those hearing impaired children singing with their school choir.
From what I understand, and I am hoping, is that our Apps on iPad or iPhone, with full audio, synced to the Beat Counter above the music notation, can be ‘plugged’ into a variety of different hearing devices and would indeed enhance Poppy’s practice sessions. The app functionality also allows students to have control over their practise tempi/ speed. This allows the student to learn at their own pace up to performance tempi and repeat any bars, as they wish, in order to practise. We also believe our music player could be developed and we are open to ideas and suggestions?
We hope that the eto music player has a key advantage as it also provides audio and accompaniments, unlike sheet music. This obviously has some enourmous advantages for the hearing impaired. We at least hope it adds a little extra help!
If it does indeed help, we at eto will be thrilled and would certainly love to work with others in this field, so please, just let us know on the contact form below.
We don’t know yet how well this will work and how many benefits this will offer…let’s wait and see…fingers crossed….(but not when you are practising:) !
Eto music practice apps: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291
Poppy’s story : http://www.fixers.org.uk/news/15784-11226/deaf-stereotypes.php
Apps for hearing impaired and deaf young people: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/technology_and_products/apps_for_deaf_young_people/apps_for_deaf_young_people/index.html