Adapting Musical Activities for Persons with Disabilities

Musical activities can be a fulfilling part of any person’s day, and may enhance many important aspects of an individual’s emotional, cognitive and social development. Yet, persons with disabilities may be excluded from participating in musical activities because they are thought to lack the necessary motor skills, cognition, or behavioral skills. Some people think they will “ruin” the performance, but adaptations can be made to enable almost any person to have a meaningful, educational and artistically fulfilling experience with music. 

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University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus