CDL/CCC AUMI Technology and Training Research

In response to the challenge of including students with profound physical challenges in a drum class with their peers, the AUMI software interface was created to enable participation in group musical improvisation. The interface was created in 2007 by Zane Van Duzen a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student, in collaboration with musician and occupational therapist Leaf Miller, and was first used in drum workshops for children with special needs at Abilities First School, Poughkeepsie, New York. This collaborative project employs a Participatory Action Research approach, emphasizing the inclusion of students using AUMI, their parents, teachers, aides and therapists as researchers in the ongoing development and use of the interface.

Participatory Action Research provides direct feedback about the effectiveness of the musical instrument in a variety of creative, educational and therapeutic settings. We are continuing our research on smart hands free controllers for interfaces. We want the technology to adapt to the user. We have updated all software to run on new systems. AUMI 3.1 for MAC PC and AUMI iPad 1.1.1 are released. We continue to update all versions of AUMI with new features including measurements in action with reports for therapists. Our trainer is continually updating the AUMI manual and creating a curriculum for therapists, parents, and aides to use in facilitating improvisation with AUMI.

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