Enabling The Disabled To Play Sweet Music
by LINTON WEEKS
Sharon Adams, 40, plays a bell tree during a recent rehearsal of the interPLAY orchestra, which is made up of 60 adults with and without disabilities. Adams struggles with a learning disability and can read "a little." She has been a member of interPLAY for 15 years. - Becky Lettenberger/NPR
“We are born with a gene for making music. ... My job is to find out where that music is in this population and get it out. - Paula Moore, interPLAY's founder and conductor.
Brain research tells us, Moore says, that when "we all come on to this earth, we are born with a gene for making music. Some of us make music when we have keys in our hands and we are tapping with the keys. Or we are standing at the stove and we've got a wooden spoon. ... Or we're humming in the shower. That all comes from somewhere.” And, she says, "my job is to find out where that music is in this population and get it out."
The interPLAY band has a board of directors and an illustrious advisory committee that includes jazz pianist and composer Dr. Billy Taylor, Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Choral Arts — usually less than $1,000 a year — to belong.
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