By Kelly Surette
Music is an essential, integral part of humanity’s history and culture. All students should be encouraged to have a relationship with music regardless of whether they are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
As we learned in Part I, music is a full body experience meant for all individuals, not only individuals that can hear. In this blog, let’s explore the many ways we can make music accessible for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students through the sense of touch.
The Sense of Touch
Whether you have thought about it or not, there are many ways we can “touch” music and feel vibrations. Here are some ways you can make music accessible via the sense of touch:
Lastly, never forget that sound waves are channeled through most solid mediums. Because of this, you can almost use anything to transmit vibrations! Have an old metal garbage can? Try tapping on it. Got a glass soda bottle? Try tapping it to compare it to the garbage can! Life’s musical vibrations can be found all around us, you just have to start noticing them.
Missed Part I? Check it out HERE
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Kelly Surette is the author of Creative Miracles: A Practitioner’s Guide to Adaptive Music Instruction (coming soon.) She is a speaker and adaptive music educator in the New England area. Kelly is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with special needs and those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing with multiple disabilities through music. Connect with Kelly at www.kellysurette.com.