COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind were able to get their hands on some music to help heighten their enjoyment of the symphony.
“It’s a mistake to think that because we are deaf we don’t hear or can’t feel or because we are blind we can’t have an experience like this,” said Ingri Fowler, director of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association.
The students were able to sit side-by-side with the musicians as they played a variety of songs. The students could physically hold the instruments, which can help them hear the music better.
“The vibrations of music is a lot higher than the human voice,” Fowler said. “When they get that close and hands-on, the experience is different.”
The students were also able to hold balloons that help heighten the whole experience when it comes to feeling the vibrations of the music.
“Our students benefit so much because it is a multi-sensory experience,” said Julie Harrison, a music specialist for the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. “The students not only get to hear, but the orchestra allows them to interact.”