Has received much academic attention. Conferences Reviews “With Soumitra Bhat we have a lovely synthesis of music, technology and social impact. It’s a clever way of giving these children access to the joy and therapeutic benefits of making music.” – 2literal.com Publications Bhat, S. 2010. TouchTone: an electronic musical instrument for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. In Proceedings of the Fourth international Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied interaction (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, January 24 - 27, 2010). TEI 10. ACM, New York, NY, 305-306.
Found benefits for parents and Music Therapists.What makes your work interesting You are doing great work, I lookfor us is that my son has reduced forward to your keyboard beingmobility in his hands as well as legs, made available for sale.especially the left, and a hearing – Lisa G, Music Therapist,disability (he uses hearing aids to Australiaboost high frequency sounds) but isnonetheless very keen on music. It was great to see the actualHe also likes computers, but then product on the websites. Thedont all kids now? access is fantastic. Is there anyIf there is some opportunity to try way we can purchase one?your instrument, wed be really - Tessa H, IICP, Kolkata, Indiainterested.– Thom G , Parent, Denmark
Children are the main beneficiaries.WorldwideRate of incidence: 2 to 2.5 per 1000 births. Today: 3.6 million out of 1.8 billion children < 14yrs of age have CP.Hemiplegic CP: 1/3rd of CP cases... Which is 1.2 million children today.
Music Therapists and Centers are key intermediaries. International MT Associations: 50+ Average membership: 2000 Total: 100,000 MTs growing at 10%/yr Each MT facilitates: 2 children of 8-11 yrs. That’s access to 200,000 children growing at 10%/yr
Benefits. How can TouchTone benefit you as a Music Therapist, Association, Researchgroup, Parent, etc?. What would you do with TouchTone?. What are the most valuable things about TouchTone according to you?Partnerships. Would you like to work with me to develop TouchTone, the therapyprograms, retailing, advocacy, fund-raising, etc?. Would you be interested in using TouchTone for longitudinal studies aboutimpact of music therapy?Network and funding. People and institutions that you believe I should reach out to becausewe share similar goals, interests and activities.. People and Institutions that can support TouchTone financially over along-term.
04. What you can do:1. Connect with me via email/skype.2. Tell me what you think about TouchTone.3. Share your ideas for possible collaboration and support.4. Help me spread the word about TouchTone to people who you think might benefit from it.
More about TouchTone, me, my band, etc 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Skype: soumitrabhat 3. www.userinnov.com/touchtone (about TouchTone) 4. www.soumitrabhat.com (about Me) 5. http://in.linkedin.com/in/soumitrabhat (my professional profile) 6. www.paravayu.com (my music)
Remember, TouchTone To ensure that the joy and benefits of making music are accessible to ALL OF US to partake of TOGETHER.