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Inclusive school band : an adapted musical keyboard

Geelen, M. (2022) Inclusive school band : an adapted musical keyboard.

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Abstract:This research project regards a custom adaptation for a young musician with neuromuscular disease. Through interviews, observations, and evaluations with the target user, client and experts, the musician’s limitations, abilities, and goals are determined. Through literature and state of the art reviews, suitable interactions and technologies are proposed. These are evaluated and then combined into a prototype, which is assessed in context and found to increase expression, freedom, ease of playing, control, independence, and excitement for the musician. Expectedly, parts of the prototype can be implemented for people with similar disabilities, also outside of the music field, because the prototype is adaptable and involves movements that are widely accessible. Within the field of accessible musical instruments, guidelines for evaluation are lacking. For performance-based instruments, the best evaluation criterion is expressivity, which is linked to transparency, and for therapy-based instruments it is the impact on the user’s life, linked to participation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
My Breath My Music
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 24 dramaturgy, musicology, 76 recreation, leisure
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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