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Differently abled children of Jaipur stage musicology-based performance on eve of Independence Day
On the eve of Independence Day this year, at Disha in Jaipur, the differently abled children performed musicology-based item in which mothers of such children assisted the movements of their children like puppets being manipulated.

The performance was a departure from the usual copy-cat culture supported by professional choreographers and general education music or dance teachers.

The performance was relevant and contextual, and it won a wider acceptance and made the on-lookers really appreciative of the efforts of the mothers and children undergoing a short term training course called "Mother and Child Programme" to provide home support in the development of their differently abled or Divyang children.

In the performance, mothers dressed up for the occasion, were holding the differently abled kids from behind at their upper arms and manipulating the movements to the beats of rhythmic music. It worked as a good example of socio-musicology combining cultural aesthetics and movement therapy.

Since, I am involved in the special education pedagogy these days, the adaptation and contextualisation of music for differently able kids is required as a part of action research to make this expressive art as a tool of physical and cognitive development and this can be done through specially designed assistive musicology-based interventions.

Musicology, as an upcoming knowledge area, pertains to research-based analytical studies and application of music including the 'non-music use of music' such as music as a pedagogical tool or music as an expressive art and movement therapy.

Elsewhere, musicology has become a separate discipline of study and a mainstream term with subdivisions such as historical musicology, ethnomusicology, sociomusicology and systematic musicology.

Cognitive musicology and therapeutic musicology are related use of adapted music interventions as cognitive, wellbeing development tools and models. Teachers and educators of both general and special education need to look for the musical implications in the areas of physiology, psychology, sociology, education, therapeutically practices, I feel.

However, music therapy is specialised form of applied musicology, which sometimes is considered closely related to health fields and development of differently abled people. But it also draws strength from physiological and neuroscience related studies of music on diverse set of people including those with different kinds of disabilities and multiple disabilities.

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