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Music for Children with Hearing LossA Resource for Parents and Teachers$
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Lyn Schraer-Joiner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199855810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199855810.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

A Brief Look at the History of Music for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Music for Children with Hearing Loss
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Lyn E. Schraer-Joiner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199855810.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   music, deaf schools, hearing loss, hearing process, parts of the ear, rhythmic clapping, music games, imitative singing

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