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SUMMARY: Engineering and music education students at JMU collaborate to design and build instruments for young musicians with varying physical and cognitive disabilities.


from the Summer 2018 digital issue of Madison

A group of 160 freshmen engineering students and 12 sophomore music education students participated in an interdisciplinary project to imagine, design and adapt musical instruments for seven Stone Spring Elementary School students with varying physical and cognitive disabilities.

The music education students met with and observed their young clients, assessing their interests, goals, needs and abilities. The engineering teams then used the music education students' notes to inform the design of their instruments.

Heather Eberly, the music teacher at the Harrisonburg elementary school, is thrilled with the impact that the instruments are having on her students. "It's a great opportunity for these students to really be able to shine and have something just for them."

College-age students share musical instrument with child

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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