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Music - Get with the beat

ChromaBeats, a hi-tech educational game that teaches primary children to play and compose music, has been launched for schools in Scotland.

The technology was developed by Interface3, a software company specialising in the design and development of multi-touch applications for the education sector, following consultation with a number of primary teachers in Scotland. The application uses the same technology as the iPad and is accessed on a smart table or smart screen.

The company was launched in 2010 after 12 months' research on the Scottish Enterprise-funded Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme (EPIS) at Edinburgh University.

Kate Ho, managing director of Interface3, said ChromaBeats bridged the gap between abstract games such as Guitar Hero and real music.

"ChromaBeats leads children gently from playing an instrument, using a games console interface, to slowly replacing colour signals with note shapes and onto a final level where music notes stand alone," she said.

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