Communication Sciences & Disorders
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi


Come and see the Ole Miss Handband!

The Ole Miss Handband is a group of students from Ole Miss who are interested in learning sign language to songs. The concept of learning sign language to songs is a practical but fun approach to acquire sign language skills. Not only must everyday vocabulary be learned for these songs, but also fluency skills are gained immediately. The songs are not slower in pace in order to accommodate the beginning signer. The signer is immediately forced to increase the rate and fluency of their expressive signing. Skills are being gained almost without any awareness because learning to sign songs is FUN!!!

The Handband also takes their show on the road. The members have learned several different songs and have been performing these songs at various places. This past year the Handband performed at banquets, conferences, football games and local assisted living facilities. You do not need to know sign language to join. We will teach you everything you need to know.

Anyone can join Handband at any time. New songs are continually being taught and new members are joining with each performance. If anyone is interested in joining the Handband or having the Handband come perform, that person can contact Rebecca Lowe at the University of Mississippi Speech and Hearing Center (915-7271).