Music Experience Design Lab

  • Expanding access to music making, creative expression, and learning

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We strive to make music technology more accessible, playful, and relevant to people with disabilities. Our research is highly multidisciplinary, and we work closely with end-users ensuring that they are active participants across all stages of the design process.

Currently, we are partnered with the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg School (FMDG School), a community music school in Manhattan that serves blind and visually impaired learners of all skill levels and ages. We aim to make accessible music notations more widely available and easier to produce. To that end, we are prototyping and testing non-visual music creation tools and studying how braille and large print music formats are created and acquired.

This team is research-focused and submits at least one publication per year. Prior and related publications include:

“How Blind and Visually Impaired Composers, Producers, and Songwriters Leverage and Adapt Music Technology”

“Non-Visual Beats: Redesigning the Groove Pizza”

“Cyclops: Designing an Eye-Controlled Instrument for Accessibility and Flexible Use”


Methods & Technologies

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Human Centered Design
  • Participatory Design
  • Qualitative Research Methods - interviews, observations, etc.
  • Physical/digital interfaces
  • Music making
  • Web-audio development
  • Rapid prototyping

Areas of Interest

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Integrated Digital Media
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Students with music knowledge
  • Intersection of disability and technology
  • Writing and publishing


  • Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL)
  • Ability Project
  • FMDG Music School

Faculty Advisor

  • Willie Payne
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