Music is for everyone! People with all different disabilities can participate in making and enjoying music.
What kinds of adaptive music tools are there?
Companies like Enabling Devices sell toy guitars, cymbals, bells, and other instruments that are all adapted to work with a switch. For more robust sound options, consider digital instruments like the Arcana Strum adaptive guitar.
Electronic Wind Instruments
The Magic Flute is played using breath and small head movements. The Jamboxx is another hands-free, breath-powered instrument that produces a wide variety of sounds.
Percussive instruments like drums are a great choice for many people. They don’t require a lot of hand control to play and they provide good feedback through vibration.
Another versatile option is instruments that you shake, like cluster bells, maracas, or tambourines. You can use Velcro or other materials to easily add a handle to these instruments if they are hard to grip.
Assistance Reading Music
Dancing Dots offers technology for musicians with low vision to read music. This includes the GoodFeel braille converter and the Lime Lighter scrolling magnifier.
Sheet music readers like MusicNotes and MusicReader make it easy to keep your place in the music and can be used with a foot pedal to turn pages hands-free.
Skoog Music makes a number of apps compatible with their accessories, which can also be used to connect to Garage Band.
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