The goal of Push Play Sing's Adaptive Music Workshops is to emphasize free expression and group play through music-making for students with and without disabilities. Upon arrival, a sensory sound lab is set up which includes keyboards, touch pads, beat pads, and microphones, as well as traditional acoustic percussion instruments such as drums and shakers. All of our instruments are programmed to be played together in perfect harmony, meaning there is zero need for prior musical experience. The class is fun and empowering because participants can quickly experience success. We jump right in to facilitate group play that focuses on creative expression and freedom of choice. Participants are encouraged to try out all of our instruments and support their peers as a group experience. Guided activities such as playing along to specific rhythms, call and response, and turn taking help students explore in an organized and friendly environment. All of the music performed in the workshop is also recorded for future use. Students can enjoy listening to the final product as a way to continue their musical journey.
Push Play Sing's mission is to allow anyone to play music, regardless of age or ability. We have five years of experience hosting mobile “Music Workshops” where we travel to various sites with instruments adapted to meet the abilities of our participants. Our instruments are pre-programmed to be harmonized, which eliminates any “wrong" or discordant sounds, and gives participants the opportunity to express themselves in a unique sensory environment. All music in our workshop is recorded and later shared with participants and their friends/families. We have presented for the National Institute of Health and been nominated for Chapel Hill's 2019 Business Innovation award. Past partners include East Chapel Hill High School, The Tammy Lynn Center, and the UNC Hospital School.