Music Experience Design

Musical Playground at Casa Colina Rehabilitation Research Hospital

Access to the many therapeutic, developmental, and cognitive benefits of music, gaming, and certain human-computer interactions, is often limited to those with extensive training and specialized instruments, making them inaccessible to those with certain neurological, physical or other cognitive differences. Heath Interactive develops platforms and experiences designed to provide more access to musical engagement and its many proven benefits.

A sensorized and interactive musical playground.

A sensorized and interactive musical playground.

Heath Interactive is developing and constructing new musical interactions in close consultation with Casa Colina’s team of therapists and clinical researchers to ensure and confirm that we are building meaningful musical interactions and designing effective therapies for their population.

The Musical Playground at Casa Colina will provide therapists, patients, and caregivers, with new platforms for musically-driven therapies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive and developmental differences. This will also provide unique opportunities for clinical research and data collection.

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Heath Interactive has engaged internationally-renowned architect, Michael Rotondi and his RotoLab to work on landscape and architectural designs, as well as fabrication and construction.

Phase 1 of the Musical Playground will focus on the research and development, and construction and installation of a set of Musically Interactive Stairs; to be installed at Casa Colina Children’s Center.

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Phase 1 will also comprise initial software and hardware development which will anticipate and inform Phase 2’s design goals, as well as provide early prototyping for iterative design in consultation with Casa Colina’s team of therapists, researchers and clinicians. 

Phase 2 will further develop the environment and add additional Interactive Musical Playground Equipment and installations, which may consist of (but which is not restricted to) a musically-interactive water feature (or fountain); an array of musically-interactive structures (i.e. stones, trees, reeds, or other abstract and playful and engaging shapes).