THE ACCESSIBLE
INSTRUMENTS CHALLENGE

Music is a universal language – or at least it should be. But what if having a physical disability makes it difficult – or impossible – for someone to learn and play a musical instrument?

This collaborative project aims to address the accessibility challenges of people who want to play or produce music, but find it physically challenging to do so. 

Applications close on 17 July, so please do contact us if you’re interested in taking part.

Bringing together expertise in digital innovation and design technology, musical instrument making and lived experience of disability, multiple teams will build on existing work and aim to take further steps forward in making adaptive musical instruments more affordable, making music education in schools more inclusive and uncovering new solutions that haven't been tried before.  

At the end of the challenge Plexal will host a showcase event where teams and other contributors will come together to share their ideas, solutions and responses to our challenges.

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Raising the Profile of Adapted Instruments
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Creating Awareness & Building a Community
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Making Meaningful, Tangible Progress
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Developing Proofs of Concepts
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Removing Barriers to Access
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Co-Creating with Disabled Musicians

We are looking for innovators to join our teams!

We’re looking for people with relevant knowledge and expertise to form virtual teams that will work remotely over the next 4 months to address a series of innovation challenges.

We would love you to join us if you're a disabled or non-disabled musician, an instrument maker, a designer, manufacturer, music teacher, academic, student, technologist, inventor or innovator.

To participate, please tell us which of the innovation challenges you’d most like to be involved in addressing, and why.

Applications close on 17 July, and our programme will run from then until the end of September.

For any other enquiries or to contact the project team, please click on ‘General Enquiries’.

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Project Progress

Evaluate Outcomes
Showcase Progress
Teams collaborate to develop solutions
Build Teams
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Jan - Apr
May-Jun
Jul - Sep
3rd Oct
Nov

Our Teams

Supply Chain for Schools

How can we build an effective supply chain of adaptive instruments into schools, ensuring that disabled children are able to fully participate in music education?

Multisensory production

How can we redesign music production for a visually impaired person?

Virtual Band

How can immersive technology remove the limitations that people with disabilities face with traditional instruments?

One Handed Recorder

How can we improve upon the design and production processes of the existing 3D printed one handed recorder?

One Handed Clarinet

How can we improve the fabrication process and solve supply chain issues to make a one handed clarinet more accessible?

Bagpipe Chanter

How can we refine the prototype electronic interface that significantly improves the accessibility of the bagpipe?

Trombone Stand

How can we standardise the production of a bespoke moulded Trombone stand to enable mass production?

Violin Bow Holder

How can a prosthesis that enables bow control be redeveloped into a modular device (hand/wrist/forearm) to reduce the bespoke part to the attachment to the body?