Mussila is a team of seven, programmers, artists, and technical designers — plus the creative team, marketing team and of course musicians who all have a say in the development of the product. Mussila is a part of Kids App Collective, a unique group of award-winning app developers. Our mission is to revolutionize the way music is learned and taught, both at home and at school. Based in Iceland, many traits of our Nordic home-country can be found in the scenes of Mussila, with volcanoes, lava, and glacial rivers, all playing an integral part in the game’s storytelling.
In 2015 Margrét Júlíana Sigurðardóttir, a DipRAM postgraduate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and computer engineer Hilmar Thor Birgisson, an avid game player and developer founded Mussila along with the graphic designer Ægir Örn Ingvason. After receiving grants from The Icelandic Technology Fund and the Nordic Game Institute, they set up their talented team in 2015 with the aim of revolutionizing music education by means of gaming and a joyful approach. We believe in music-making being part of our everyday lives and that music education should be available for everyone.
The inspiration behind Mussila;
I am a musician myself; I have played instruments since I can remember. I first learned to play by ear — but I also took the academic route and finished my post-graduate studies from the Royal Academy of Music in London later in life. As it often goes with kids who play by ear, I loved to play, but paving my way through learning the songs was challenging — and the music theory was a boring burden. It wasn’t until many years later that I firmly tackled this problem, and after that, my progress went into a different level. This experience was an eye-opener — and a little shocking too. I felt that I had wasted so many years struggling to learn the songs when I should have spent that time playing them — and these years of music studies do not come cheap either. So this is what I wanted to do with Mussila. I want to give children a tool to learn notes and music theory — and use modern devices that the kids know and actually like using to do that. At the same time, I find that music education should be available to everyone. For us to get there, we must offer music education at a lower cost than is currently available.
Margrét Júlíana Sigurðardóttir, CEO and Co founder of Mussila.
Awards and Recognition:
-Global Finalist-Bett Awards 2020-Best Educational App
-Gold Award Winner of the Parents´2019- Best App- USA
-Winner of the German Pedagogical Media Award 2018-Germany/ Europe
-Award Seal 2019-Comenius Edumedia Award-Outstanding digital solution-Germany-
-Global Finalist-Creative Business Cup 2018-Denmark
-The best apps for parents and teachers in 2019 at the Educational App Store
-Founder of the Year- Nordic Startup Awards 2017
-Forbes recognition of our CEO as one of “100 founders to look for in Europe in 2018”.