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How visuals are helping the deaf experience live music
Whether you're a musician or a fan, healthy hearing is vital to enjoying music, which is why the MusiCares Foundation provides hearing services at events throughout the year. But have you ever imagined what it might feel like to attend a concert or large music festival if you were deaf?
Amber Galloway Gallego is a member of a growing number of American Sign Language interpreters who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that deaf and hard-of-hearing music fans aren't left out when it comes to experiencing live music. In an interview with Vox.com, Gallego discussed some of the initial obstacles she had to surmount in order to adapt ASL to better interpret music in a relatable way.
Gallego's approach, as she demonstrates, is to combine traditional ASL signs to convey the feel, rather than the specific translation, of the music. Learn more about Gallego's innovative approach, including how she handles some of the intricate wordplay and rhyme schemes she must interpret when translating hip-hop.