The Prospects of Musical Instruments For People with Physical Disabilities

Jeppe Veirum Larsen, Daniel Overholt, Thomas B. Moeslund

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Many forms of enabling technologies exist today. While technologies aimed at enabling basic tasks in everyday life (locomotion, eating, etc.) are more common, musical instruments for people with disabilities can provide a chance for emotional enjoyment, as well as improve physical conditions through therapeutic use. The field of musical instruments for people with physical disabilities, however, is still an emerging area of research. In this article, we look at the current state of developments, including a survey of custom designed instruments, augmentations / modifications of existing instruments, music-supported therapy, and recent trends in the area. The overview is extrapolated to look at where the research is headed, providing insights for potential future work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Interfaces for Musical Expression
PublisherNew Interfaces for Musical Expression
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression - Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 11 Jul 201615 Jul 2016


ConferenceNew Interfaces for Musical Expression
LocationGriffith University
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