Students team up with musician to make app

Games designers: Emma Smith, Jane Cull and Hannah Spikings
Games designers: Emma Smith, Jane Cull and Hannah Spikings
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Two Games Design students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have teamed up with a musician to create a games app that teaches children how to play the piano.

Course leader Bev Bush mentored second year student Hannah Spikings, 19, and final year student Emma Smith, 20, to create the graphics for the frog themed ‘Plinky Plonk’ app.

It has been developed by musician Jane Cull to help children to learn how to play the piano and read music - and is now available to download on iTunes.

Bev and the students spent six months working with Jane to create the graphics for the app and were encouraged to contribute their own ideas to the project.

Hannah said: “I’ve really enjoyed working on a live project and have learned a lot over the last six months.

“Emma and I were always encouraged by Jane to share our ideas and I am really pleased with the final product.

“The project really gave us a taste of what it’s like working in the games design industry and knowing our work has gone into a product that is now available to download on iTunes is fantastic.”

Jane, who is a former member of the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, believes every child should have equal opportunity to develop musical talent.

She said: “We all worked really well together and valued each other’s input.

“Bev was very helpful for bringing her experience from the games industry and providing some objective input where required.

“Hannah and Emma were very enthusiastic and motivated which helped keep the momentum going; they provided the majority of artistic and games design expertise and without them the project would not have been possible.

“I am really pleased with the end result and that we have successfully launched it on the app store. It has received some excellent reviews which have included praise specifically around the input UCLan provided. I am hoping to be able to work with UCLan again on future projects.”