A Brief Look at the History of Music for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This introductory chapter provides a historical account of how music is being used to teach and rehabilitate the deaf and hard of hearing. For instance, most nineteenth-century deaf schools included a “rhythms” subject in their curriculum to provide students with a method for learning speech and language development. Some of their approaches comprise the use of rhythmic clapping, instruments such as piano and drums, music games, and imitative singing for training auditory skills development and articulation. The chapter also explains some usual misconceptions about hearing loss and its classifications; details the hearing process by examining the parts of the ear; and provides instructions for reading an audiogram. More importantly, it states how music can help a child establish a positive self-image and capacity for self-expression.
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