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Design Considerations for Instruments for Users with Complex Needs in SEN Settings.

Ward, A., Woodbury, L. and Davis, T., 2017. Design Considerations for Instruments for Users with Complex Needs in SEN Settings. In: NIME – The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, 15 - 18 May 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Music technology can provide unique opportunities to allow access to music making for those with complex needs in special educational needs (SEN) settings. Whilst there is a growing trend of research in this area, technology has been shown to face a variety of issues leading to underuse in this context. This paper reviews issues raised in literature and in practice for the use of music technology in SEN settings. The paper then reviews existing principles and frameworks for designing digital musical instruments (DMIs.) The reviews of literature and current frameworks are then used to inform a set of design considerations for instruments for users with complex needs, and in SEN settings. 18 design considerations are presented with connections to literature and practice. An implementation example including future work is presented, and finally a conclusion is then offered.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:assistive technologies; adapted technology; music technology; novel interfaces; special education; action research; modular systems
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:29321
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:13 Jun 2017 11:34
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:05


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