The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland: providing access to music making for individuals with unique abilities using music technology

Koichi Samuels

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Abstract

Across the UK, a growing number of charity organisations, social enterprises, academic researchers and individuals have developed music technology-based music workshops and projects in Accessible Music Technology (AMT) design to address the issue of access to music making for people with disabilities. In this article, I discuss my ethnographic study of The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland (DMNI), a charity which provides music workshop opportunities in inclusive ensembles at the community level. My methodology of participant observation involved undergoing the training necessary to become an access music tutor for DMNI, attending workshops and conducting interviews with people throughout the organisation. Key findings were that consumer music technology devices that were not designed to be accessible to a wide spectrum of users could be made accessible through adapting them with other devices or different sensor interfaces more suitable for people with unique abilities and specific needs. Throughout my study I found that it was not in the design of music technology devices that made them accessible. Rather, meaningful music making emerged through the interrelations between the access music tutors, workshop participants and the music technology interfaces in the workshop environment. The broader implications of DMNI music making activities and effects on social inclusion are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Inclusion
Volume7
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 31 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • music technology
  • accessibility
  • social inclusion
  • accessible design
  • music and disability
  • accessible music technology
  • digital musical instruments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music

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