Coming from a musical family, Michael wants every child to enjoy being creative with music. He felt that the challenge of getting sounds out of an unfamiliar instrument gets in the way of understanding how notes fit together to make music.
He has now developed a musical product called Soundbops where young children can create their own music easily, discovering as they go what works and what doesn't.
The Bops are brightly coloured buttons that play a different musical note (from A to G) when pressed onto an interactive mat. Bops can be endlessly rearranged to create new tunes and even combined into chords when piled on top of each other. The buttons make it simple for children to compose songs while having fun.
technology’s ease-of-use encourages creativity and experimentation. It has strong educational value in terms of engaging children in reading sheet music and composing songs without
having to first master a complex musical instrument.
Michael plans to work with toy manufacturers and schools to capture a share of the £45 billion global educational technology market. In February 2018, Michael ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, raising over £50,000 to start manufacturing Soundbops.