- “Best Practices for Navigating the Campus Disability Services Office” (Jon Kochavi, Swarthmore College)
- “Aural Skills and the Dyslexic Music Major” (Laurel Parsons, North Vancouver, BC)
- “An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning and its Application to the Music Theory Classroom and Curriculum” (Bruce Quaglia, University of Utah)
- “Hands-on Music Theory: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Music Theory Fundamentals” (Kati Meyer, University of Iowa)
- “Schenkerian Analysis in Multiple Modalities” (Robert Gross, Rice University)
- Small-group discussion and workshopping (to be facilitated by moderator and panelists; 30-45 min.)
The session traces a trajectory from the usual practice of offering accommodations to “disabled” students, toward a more radical re-envisioning of pedagogy to serve multiple abilities. We begin with a survey report summarizing a qualitative study of best practices for navigating the campus disability services offices. The second paper, on teaching aural skills to music-dyslexic students, only reinforces how critical it is for instructors to be well informed about different abilities and accommodations. The session then asks, “How can we minimize our partitions between “abled” and “disabled”? We hear a paper contextualizing the concepts of universal design for learning (UDL) within the music theory curriculum, and then hear two case studies—on kinesthetic fundamentals teaching and on Braille for Schenkerian analysis—that challenge and extend traditional pedagogy. The discussion and workshop period will allow session participants to apply and integrate these new ideas into their own syllabi and pedagogy. This panel provides both research and pedagogical provocation for instructors who are increasingly mindful of varied and differing abilities.