The ocarina is an instrument with many variations. Some have four holes, some have six, some have twelve. Some are made of wood, some are made of metal, some are made of plastic. Thanks to the Ocarina Workshop, some can be played with one hand. Christa Liggins at the Ocarina Workshop says that their motto … Continue reading One-Handed Ocarina
David Nabb is a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Keaney. He suffered a stroke in 2000 which paralyzed the left side of his body. Over the course of several years, he worked with Jeff Stelling to design a saxophone that can be played with the right hand alone. David recently gave … Continue reading The Case for Adapted Musical Instruments
About 6 years ago, I created a soprano recorder brace out of a plastic thumb rest, a wooden dowel, a screw, some glue, and some foam. I use this brace today and I made one for my alto recorder, as well. They are not fancy, but they work. After dreaming about doing this for ages, I finally … Continue reading I invented something! And you can, too!
As a musician with a limb difference and a music educator, I have a unique perspective on the challenges of integrating students with limb differences in the music classroom. Countless teachers have asked me what they can do to help their students. Indeed, I have met many thoughtful, caring teachers who think years in advance … Continue reading Being an Advocate
To be clear, this post is not about an adaptation. Instead, I would like to highlight another professional musician, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Although he retired from public performance in 2012, Quasthoff had a prolific performing and recording career. He continues to teach, and judging from videos of his masterclasses, his students are undoubtedly lucky to … Continue reading The Voice