Meet Octomonk, a playful free app for iPhone that helps children to study better in a peaceful way with classical music (and some high jinks). The app is aimed at children 9-12 years (also allowed to be used by playful older people) and introduces classical music for more generations. 

In Octomonk you help Octomon’s friends grow and get back their musicality. All you have to do is study. Everything while listening to classical music.

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Intervals make the studying more efficient

Research has shown that it is difficult to keep the concentration for more than 25 minutes. The Pomodor Technique is a time management tool where you divide work in 25-minute intervals to maintain efficiency. When you have plotted an interval with the Octomonk app, you will get a break of five minutes before you can get started again. For each period, you also get a reward in the app.

During the 25 minutes you concentrate on studying, Octomonk also plays classical music to help you learn.

You study, we play the music

Today, many schoolchildren and students listen to classical music through for example Spotify when to concentrate. In Octomonk, you have lifted this listening a level by working with Professor Gunnar Bjursell who is world leading in science on how music influences learning.

– The advantage of listening to music is that you stimulate the brain, for example when it comes to learning languages ​​and maths. It can also have a biological effect. Listening to music gives you a different kind of brain, and in terms of learning – a better brain, Gunnar Bjursell tells, project leader for The Cultural Brain Initiative at Karolinska Institutet.

All music in the app is played Gothenburg Symphony – the National Orchestra of Sweden.

Octomonk in the classroom

Octomonk works as well for the individual student as to use for an entire classroom. By plugging the phone into a projector or screen, students can see how much time is left in the current plug-in intervals, while at the same time enjoying a comfortable music while listening to work.

Download the app

Octomonk is available on AppStore in iPhone version and is a collaboration between Gothenburg Symphony and Stendahls. The app has been nominated for the 2019 Swedish Arts and Business Award – the prize Culture & Business gives each year to the best collaboration between culture and business in the past year.

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