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Music Programme for CI Users

Trial starting in January 2012!


A trial of a new computer-based music rehabilitation programme, developed with CI users for CI users, will begin in January 2012.

This interactive programme was developed by composer and Max/MSP programmer, Ben Oliver, with advice and feedback from CI users who attended consultation meetings and music workshops held between February and June 2011.

The programme guides the user through 24 sessions. Each session lasts about 30 minutes and has written and subtitled video instructions on how to use one of 10 built-in applications. These applications allow the user to create, manipulate and play music using different combinations of instruments, pitch ranges and rhythms.

Each session ends with a mini online listening task (to help users discover new music on the web) or a fun test (to see how much the user has learned)!

No prior knowledge of music is necessary - the aim of the programme is to help CI users re-engage in music and to hear music more clearly.

The trial of the programme will finish in summer 2012, after which the feedback from the trial will be used to refine the programme further, before making it available for anyone to use.

For more information about the trial, contact Rachel van Besouw and for more information about the programme, contact Ben Oliver.


Music programme session interface
The Environmental-sound Rhythm Machine (ERM)

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