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ERIC Number: EJ912421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Getting Better All the Time: Using Music Technology for Learners with Special Needs
Swingler, Tim; Brockhouse, John
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p49-57 2009
This paper focuses on the category of electronic musical instruments described as "gestural controllers"--motion sensor technology and specially adapted switches--which are widely used in special education. The therapeutic benefits of this technology in emancipating children from their cognitive or physical limitations are increasingly well-documented, but the educational implications remain relatively unexplored. The underlying premise of this paper is that the opportunity to learn a musical instrument is a basic human right which should be available equally to children attending special schools. But, can this interactive technology--with its emphasis on immediacy and accessibility--offer the challenges and expressivity and provide a real long-term musical learning trajectory in the same way that "real" instruments do? A case study is described charting significant learning and progress through use of the technology over a six-year period.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A