In a message dated 11/27/2006 10:09:58 AM Pacific Standard Time, krishelfer@ writes:
My name is Kris _______, I am a Behavioral Therapist at the Rochester Center for Autism. At the Center we provide the
children with Music Therapy, in which, we would like to incorporate more signs into. I was wondering if there is a
more complete list of music based signs out there on the web/in a book. The specific signs I am looking for are
Thank you so much for your help!
Lead Behavior Therapist
Rochester Center for Autism
There is no specific sign for "instrument."
With a little bit of thought, most people might realize why
the Deaf don't have an established sign for "musical
If musical instruments were an important part of our culture then certainly we would have a widely established sign for
it. But alas, there is no common
sign for "musical instrument."
Four main approaches:
1. Fingerspell I-N-S-T-R-U-M-E-N-T
2. sign: MUSIC + THINGS
3. sign: VIOLIN, PIANO, DRUM, SO-FORTH (etc.)
4. Make up some funky initialized sign like doing THING with an "i" handshape. (Not recommended.)
The sign for most musical instruments is to do a small mime
of that instrument.