Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Kevin Droe, Honors Thesis Advisor, School of Music
Musical instruments for people with disabilities; Music therapy for children;
The purposes of this study were to (1) create a categorized listing of adaptive instruments divided into categories that can help music therapists decide which clients can utilize them and for what purposes and (2) evaluate the anticipated enjoyment and sound rating of a select number of adaptive electronic instruments. For Part 1 of this study, children with special needs, with the help of their parents, were invited to take part in a questionnaire related to the impression of four select adaptive instruments (Light Block, Skoog, JamBoxx, SpecDrums). Participants were asked to watch videos of the four instruments and rate each for anticipated level of enjoyment and quality of sound. Based on the results, the participants rated the SpecDrums the highest and the Skoog the lowest. For Part 2 of this study, homemade adaptations, adaptive instruments, engineered adaptations, and apps were categorized by who can use them and how they’re used. This allows music therapists to easily locate instruments that will work for their clients. Recommendations for music therapists and music educators are discussed.
Year of Submission
School of Music
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2020 Cheyanne Maria Chapin
Chapin, Cheyanne Maria, "Adapting instruments, not students: A study of adaptive musical instruments" (2020). Honors Program Theses. 430.