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Accessibility and participation in the use of an inclusive musical instrument: The case of MotionComposer

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Digital musical instruments (DMI) can make musical practice accessible to non-trained persons or to persons with limitations related to their age, gender or musical experience. The present study explores accessibility and participation in a sample of 266 individuals using a device named MotionComposer, a digital instrument based on motion capture. By experimenting with this device during four minutes in two different environments (one causal, the other one more aprioristically determined), we study the kind of participant interaction that takes place. Results show that MotionComposer allows for a statistically significant similar interaction in people of different ages and genders and with different disabilities. However, there are two exceptions that can be accounted for in connection with the causality-randomness of the two environments where the experimentation takes place.
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Keywords: accessibility; digital musical instrument (DMI); disability; inclusive music performance; interaction; music participation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2019

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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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