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Designing an accessible web app to teach piano to students with autism.

Guidelines for teaching music to children with autism mainly focus
on the environment and activities, often neglecting how to deliver
music instructions in an accessible and effective way. Technology enhanced
intervention offers a structured, repeatable, and coherent
training environment, which can be modulated according to the
student’s needs. The Suoniamo app is specifically designed to help
students with autism learn to play music in a visually structured
way. The app is co-designed with professionals experienced in
training people with autism. It provides modules for learning how
to read, identify and interpret musical notation (note position and
values, pauses, etc.) on a virtual piano keyboard. After this
structured training, the child may generalize mastered concepts on
a real piano, being able to interpret notes, rhythms, pauses and
simple scores in the pentagram.
Preliminary results of a pilot study with three students with autism
appear to confirm the validity of the proposed approach.


CHItaly 2019, 13th Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter, Padova, 2019

Autori esterni: Gabriella Paolini (Consortium Garr)
Autori IIT:

Tipo: Contributo in atti di convegno
Area di disciplina: Information Technology and Communication Systems
Progetto Suoniamo, https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3351995.3352037
File: BuzziChitaly_2019_preprint.pdf

Attività: Accessibility and Usability of User Interfaces
Healthcare and wellbeing