Whether it’s through music therapy, dancing or playing an instrument, music is one of the best ways to express ourselves and show it to the world! We have gathered some incredible videos of amazing musicians with physical disabilities who prove that there’s no limitations when doing what you love.
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Music education without limitation!
The Digital Orchestra for the disabled youth at The Queen’s Hall uses a music software called Notion, which allows musicians to get control of music sheets which play specific notes each time they touch a special pad.
Thanks to the sensory control, students can move the score in a safe way that makes them part of the orchestra. No doubt that technology has made a way for all students to express their passion for music without the technical limitations; a great example that music is by and for everyone!
In the words of orchestra violinist Gaelynn Lea: “When you start to put disability culture out in the world, celebrate it, and actually take it seriously, we can start to dismantle stereotypes and also recognize ourselves in the music.”
Gaelynn is a musician and public speaker for the accessibility for disabled people in arts. She has appeared at major music festivals including SXSW and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, she also debuted in opening acts for numerous bands using her music to advocate for disabled people and promote positive social change.
From classy to jazzy, Thomas Quasthoff shows us it’s never too late to explore new horizons and make it shine!
“I wanted to be accepted as an artist who was disabled, not seen as a disabled person who was an artist”
The classical and opera music star, Thomas Quasthoff is also an inspiration for young artists who wish to start their career as a classical interpreter. Born disabled due to the effects of Thalidomide, Thomas wanted no allowances made for his disability. “I was educated like this,” he explains.“My parents and my brother never treated me like a disabled person. My brother’s friends were my friends. I was always part of a normal family life.”