Escola do Amazonas develops musical keyboard adapted for students with hearing, visual and intellectual disabilities

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Developed by 3rd grade high school students, the project uses vibrations and color schemes to identify musical notes (Photo: Eduardo Cavalcante/Secretariat of State for Education and School Sports)

Students from the Deputado Josué Cláudio de Souza State School, located in Coroado, east of Manaus, based on the initiative of two Mathematics and Arts teachers, developed a musical keyboard adapted for students with visual, hearing and intellectual disabilities.

Called “Mathematics, Arts and Connectivity: interdisciplinarity and teaching in the construction of a sustainable and inclusive musical keyboard”, the project was designed by Mathematics teacher, Vanise Rodrigues, and Arts teacher, Jhonata Monteiro. Combining Physics, Arts, Mathematics and Music, the 3rd year high school students used resources from the school’s Maker Space and recycled materials in production.

The keyboard works through vibrations emitted by metal plates, which are sent to a sleeve and a color scheme of lights. Students can thus identify musical notes and play music. In addition to the keyboard, scores adapted in Braille for blind students and in Libras for deaf students were also used.

The Arts teacher, Jhonata Monteiro, explained that the project was created for the school’s “3rd Mathematics Fair” and that it was very rewarding for him to bring music into the discipline. According to the educator, it was a union of different teachers and ideas so that the keyboard could take shape.

“We use recyclable materials, technology, inclusion and Mathematics, within logical reasoning, to develop keyboard programming”, said the professor.

Union, Creativity and Sustainable Education

Creative development and the ability to think of new things, using reused objects, were two of the main objectives of the project.

The production of the keyboard was teamwork and carried out together, from assembling and programming the keyboard, to collecting reusable materials, which were used in the keyboard structure. During production, students were able to leave the classroom and take part in building the keyboard in an open space to share ideas.

Former school student Alessandro Lion, 20, participated in the beginning of the process, when he was still in the 3rd year of high school. He explained that, in addition to all the importance for people with disabilities, he learned about preserving the environment, recycling and conscious disposal.

“We built something really cool and learned that you shouldn’t throw away objects. If you throw something away, you don’t realize that it can be important and we can build something much better, like we built the musical keyboard”, said the former student.

Achievements and Next Steps

Created to represent the school at the “3rd Amazonian Mathematics Fair”, a competition held in all District Education Coordination Offices (CDEs) with the aim of stimulating learning in a playful and objective way, the project developed by students at EE Josué Cláudio de Souza achieved 1st place in the district stage and stood out, winning certificates and medals of honor for merit, in the final stage held at the Federal University of Amazonas (Ufam).

According to professor Vanise Rodrigues, this was a very rewarding activity and the objective now is to further develop the project to pass on to students entering the school, as well as exploring it in the form of research.

“Through it, we were able to insert students into the world of scientific research. Our next objective, now, is to transform the project into an article”, explained the teacher.


The article is in Portuguese

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