GridPlay/MIDIgrid Resources for Carers/Teachers
GridPlay resources and customisation service for special needs are the fruit of many years of research into the use of MIDIgrid as a creative resource at all levels of ability. We have prepared resources for use from pre-school to adult/further education levels, including resources for users with a whole range of disabilities.
Origins of the software
MIDIgrid is music software with sophisticated facilities for the creative musician to create and play virtual instruments, improvise & compose, make multi-track recordings and create their own interactive teaching resources. Yet, in performance mode, it has a simple enough interface to allow exploration by the youngest or most disabled user.
GridPlay is a performance only version of MIDIgrid. It functions as both a musical instrument that you can play with a mouse or trackball and a music player allowing rapid selection of musical items stored in the grid. The Full Pitcher publishes GridPlay with sets of files, or 'grids'. There are grids optimised for switch input, grids which have repeatedly elicited responses from our most profoundly disabled users and grids which have enabled disabled youngsters to join talented able-bodied friends in performances at concerts and music festivals.
GridPlay for Carers/Teachers
GridPlay for Carers/teachers takes the most successful
repertoire and activities, developed in special needs workshops over a
period of 35+ years, to make available a package of resources with which
carers or teachers can confidently initiate and sustain musical
activities with severely disabled people. GridPlay is a read-only
version of the remarkable MIDIgrid software and the latter has been used
to create ‘Rollers’ and ‘General Purpose’ grids, each grid a
mini-application. ‘Rollers’ are instruments which can be played with a
mouse, trackball, joystick or a wide range of switch-systems, while the
‘General’ grids provide recorded repertoire, themed according to the
activities they support, for ongoing music sessions. The 43-page
printable e-book offers copious suggestions for using the grids, lyrics,
sheet music for a number of items, and advice on running music groups
for people with profound disabilities. The Full Pitcher offers a
post-sales customisation service, free of charge, for this product.
We can also prepare you a custom CD of
GridPlay files, selected to match the ages and degrees of disability of
We understand that people with disabilities have very individual needs and we'd love to hear from you about your music-making and to prepare a custom CD of resources, tailored specifically to your needs. Contact us for further details
If you are interested in GridPlay/MIDIgrid, you will find more information on the following pages:
GridPlay: Creative Explorations Level 1
GridPlay: Creative Explorations Level 2
More About MIDIgrid
Widening Access with MIDIgrid & GridPlay
General MIDI Information
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