2020 Research in the Capitol

Title

Adapting Instruments, Not Students: A Study of Adaptive Instruments

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to compose a listing of adaptive instruments divided into categories that can help music therapists decide which clients can utilize them and for what purposes. These categories include what sounds the instruments make (electronic, acoustic), how they are played (hands free, through an iPad), ways to adapt “typical” instruments (adding a bigger handle, strapping it to a chair or arm), and more. The ending result will be a compiled list of adaptive instruments accessible to music therapists to find the best instrument for everyone depending on their individual abilities. Along with this, the study also aims to observe the attention span of students with differing abilities and where their attention lies given a room of multiple adaptive instruments to find the most interesting/comfortable instruments to them.

Start Date

24-3-2020 11:00 AM

End Date

3-2020 2:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Kevin Droe

Department

School of Music

File Format

application/pdf

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Adapting Instruments, Not Students: A Study of Adaptive Instruments

The purpose of this study is to compose a listing of adaptive instruments divided into categories that can help music therapists decide which clients can utilize them and for what purposes. These categories include what sounds the instruments make (electronic, acoustic), how they are played (hands free, through an iPad), ways to adapt “typical” instruments (adding a bigger handle, strapping it to a chair or arm), and more. The ending result will be a compiled list of adaptive instruments accessible to music therapists to find the best instrument for everyone depending on their individual abilities. Along with this, the study also aims to observe the attention span of students with differing abilities and where their attention lies given a room of multiple adaptive instruments to find the most interesting/comfortable instruments to them.