Why is Deaf Music Education Important?
This year I've been challenged with the opportunity to provide a musical education to a deaf student in our "mainstream" classroom. This is my second year teaching 6th grade general music and I have never had this challenge before. The first thought some people might have is why is music education important to deaf and hard of hearing student? To that my response is music is such a powerful tool for story telling, to express emotions, and to be creative. As a professional musician I feel that it is my responsibility to help convey the ideas of music different for deaf and hard of hearing people.
How I Use Technology
I use technology in my classroom to provide my student with ways to experience music differently. The first thing I did was look for apps in the iPad that could represent sound visually and I had a lot of success with this. There are apps that can provide information about how intense a sound is, show what frequencies are strongest, and what the sound wave would look like. Some apps that have been helpful are InsTuner, Absorbed, Audiogasm, Sound Meter, Gravitarium, and GarageBand.
I also have modified an old speaker so that my student can feel the vibrations of sounds.