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MAMI tech toolkit: utilising action research to develop a technological toolkit to facilitate access to music-making.

Ward, A., 2020. MAMI tech toolkit: utilising action research to develop a technological toolkit to facilitate access to music-making. Doctoral Thesis (Doctoral). Bournemouth University.

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Music is essential to most of us, it can light up all areas of the brain, help develop skills with communication, help to establish identity, and allow a unique path for expression. However, barriers to access or gaps in provision can restrict access to music-making and sound exploration for some people. Research has shown that technology can provide unique tools to access music-making but that technology is underused by practitioners. This action research project details the development and design of a technological toolkit called MAMI – the Modular Accessible Musical Instrument technology toolkit - in conjunction with stakeholders from four research sites. Stakeholders included music therapists, teachers, community musicians, and children and young people. The overarching aims of the research were: to explore how technology was incorporated into practices of music creation and sound exploration; to explore the issues that stakeholders had with current music technology; to create novel musical tools and tools that match criteria as specified by stakeholders, and address issues as found in a literature review; to assess the effectiveness of these novel tools with a view to improving practices; and to navigate propagation of the practices, technologies, and methods used to allow for transferability into the wider ecology. Outcomes of the research include: a set of design considerations that contribute to knowledge around the design and practical use of technological tools for music-making in special educational needs settings; a series of methodological considerations to help future researchers and developers navigate the process of using action research to create new technological tools with stakeholders; and the MAMI Tech Toolkit – a suite of four bespoke hardware tools and accompanying software - as an embodiment of the themes that emerged from: the cycles of action research; the design considerations; and a philosophical understanding of music creation that foregrounds it as an situated activity within a social context.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
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Uncontrolled Keywords:music technology; special educational needs; HCI; accessible musical instrument
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:34846
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Nov 2020 14:54
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:25


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