With the help of the KPN Mooiste Contact Fonds, the Papageno Foundation has launched a unique project: teaching children with autism (aged 8 to 12) how to use the specially developed Papageno Music App as part of their music therapy. This gives them the opportunity to make and share music with friends, family and the music therapist. The app is playful and educational. Making contact is not sways a given for a child with autism, the Papageno Music App is an infectious and accessible “communication tool”.
Why a Music App?
Many young children love music and enjoy playing on a tablet or smartphone, so the Papageno Music App is a perfect fit for them. With the app, children can make music, perform challenges and win badges together, using their phone or tablet. They can also share music and exchange messages via a (well-protected and secure) online platform.
How it works
Depending on their musical level, the children start with simple rhythms, adding melodies later. The simple, accessible design of the Papageno Music App allows children to quickly create their own musical pieces. This is especially important for children with autism: it gives them self-confidence. Moreover, the online platform lowers the threshold for making contact with others.
Want to know more?
The TEAM Papageno Music App is primarily intended for children aged 8 to 12 years who are offered music therapy through the Papageno Foundation. This target group may be expanded at a later stage.