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Music Technology as Assistive Technology

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Dixie Reed

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of Music Technology as Assistive Technology

Music Technology as Assistive Technology
IDEA 2004
The federal law states that an assistive technology device, by definition, is "any item, piece of equipment, or product system.... that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of children with disabilities."
(Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004)
Music is for Everyone
Young Composer Makes Music
.... is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by
enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish,
or had grreat difficulty accomplishing by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the
needed to accomplish such tasks.
The Thereminvox
First electronic musical instrument invented in
in the
Soviet Union
Leon Theremin.
Musical pitch is controlled by
moving the hand or baton toward or away
from a box with radio tubes. The instrument was used in recordings by American rock group, the Beach Boys.
Inspired by the thereminvox, composer,
Edward Williams
invented the Soundbeam in
Great Britain
It was originally developed for dancers but has moved into the area of special education and music therapy. It is an ultrasonic beam that senses movement and responds by triggering a sound in order to create electronic music.
The beam can be adjusted to see large movements such as a wheelchair moving across a room, or very small movements like an eyebrow.
Soundbeam is used throughout the world in general music classrooms and special education. Educator, Brads, on the Soundtree website, states, "I use this instrument with students who have severe physical disabilities, students with autism, and I have also used it with students who are blind, but it can be used with typical students as well."
A 16 year old student in a motorized wheelchair on a ventilator has attended music class with her aid but has only observed other students making music. Now she composes, playing melodies with her eyebrow. Using the Soundbeam, she was able to access making music for the first time in her life.
All this is yours for only $49.95 (oops) we mean
The package includes the Soundbeam 5, wireless switchbox, two beams, two Mike Ayres Design switches, two microphone stands and clips, two beam extension cables, and manual.
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