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Free Content Getting your groove on with the Tenori-on

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This article presents a study on the use of the Tenori-on instrument in music therapy clinical settings, as well as information about the functions of technology in music therapy. The Tenori-on is a digital instrument on which persons can play or compose music. Participants in the study included music therapists (MTs) and music therapy interns/students who received a Tenori-on to assess its application in their clinical work. Feedback was obtained through interviews and surveys on their experiences using the Tenori-on with a variety of populations and their assessments of the instrument’s ability to address communication, emotional, social and motor goals in individual and group settings. Participants described the instrument as fun, engaging, motivating, having sensory appeal, being well suited for improvisation and easy for non-musicians, but also complicated to master. The Tenori-on offers a new, accessible option for MTs to incorporate modern technology into their clinical practice.

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Keywords: Tenori-on; assistive devices; computer music devices; digital instruments; electronic music devices; music technology; music therapy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto

Publication date: May 1, 2014

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  • The Journal of Music, Technology and Education (JMTE) explores the issues concerning the use of technology in music education. It examines pedagogy at all levels and across genres such as composition, musicology, performance and music production. It is the only journal specifically dedicated to the educational aspects of music technology and the technological aspects of music. Peer-reviewed, with an international editorial board, JMTE aims to draw its contributions from a broad community of educators, researchers and practitioners who are working closely with new technologies in the fields of music education and music technology education.
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