OMIVISTA Wows Students
OMIVISTA Wows Students
We’ve just taken delivery of an amazing piece of equipment called OmiVista. In a nutshell OmiVista creates an interactive floor on which we can project a limitless amount of multi-sensory experiences. The images projected by this highly visual and intuitive system respond to the smallest gesture or movement, enabling students to easily interact and engage in stimulating audio-visual experiences. The system helps promote inclusive practices in education by engaging students of all ages and abilities; whether it is students with PMLD learning through cause and effect or our older Post 16+ learning how to create their own interactive applications, OmiVista offers scope for all. This has all been made possible by professional musician Pete Thomas. Pete is a professional session player and TV/Film composer who has featured and recorded for REM, Elton John, Joe Jackson, Richard Thompson, Fats Domino, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. Pete is the author of Taming The Saxophone , Cafe Saxophone Forum, Media Music Forum and Saxophone Teachers Directory.
Through the CaféSaxophone and Taming the Saxophone websites, Pete raises money online providing music, resources,tuition and information for saxophonists and other musicians that he donates to support disabled musicians, so that everyone can access practical music making. Introduced to the Victoria Education Centre via Soundbeam, Pete visited us in September 2014 and asked what the school would like him to raise funds for. Our music technician, Mike Whitlock, recognised that whilst we had a lot of fantastic equipment, it would be fantastic to have a technical piece of equipment that linked music with a strong visual image to help students link cause and effect. So Pete has been raising money for the school to purchase an OmiVista floor projection system that is mobile and can be used around the school in a variety of settings, allowing students access to music making throughout the curriculum. In July 2015, Pete sent the school a cheque for £10,000 to cover the cost of the OmiVista and we are incredibly grateful to him for his amazing support and the hard work that he puts in to raising money for different music projects around the country as well supporting our school with this fantastic piece of equipment.