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Emma Smith and Hannah Spikings

Games Design students Emma Smith and Hannah Spikings worked on the UCLan Unite with Business Scheme with Jane Cull to design and create Plinky Plonk, an educational music app for children.

Jane Cull was inspired to create Plinky Plonk by her two young children. The idea was to create a fun and engaging game that would teach children how to read music and play the piano. The app also works with a real piano to recognise the notes that are played.

Jane is a working mum by day, who has taught herself how to write apps by night. Jane gained the highest mark in Grade 8 piano, age 6, playing in the National Youth Orchestra and later leading the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra. She believes every child should have equal opportunity to develop musical talent.

Games Design students Emma and Hannah found the experience very valuable in terms of working with a client in the real world and actually seeing a project come to fruition and be published as part of a professional platform. Their work attracted attention from the Lancashire Evening Post who ran two features on the music app collaboration.

Jane is very grateful for the help from students and staff at the UCLan in developing Plinky Plonk. “It would not have been possible without them,” Jane said. “Bev Bush, senior lecturer and Games Design course leader became an advisor on the project and brought in UCLan students Emma and Hannah to create the game graphics.”

Find out more about the Plinky Plonk app.