This is the blog of the music and disability interest group of the Society for Music Theory and the study group of the American Musicological Society. We are scholars with interdisciplinary interests in music and disability studies. Don’t know what Disability Studies is, or what it could possibly have to do with music? Blake Howe’s Primer is a great place to start. Our groups pursue many scholarly initiatives–conference papers and panels, articles, books. We also advocate for inclusion and accessibility for scholars, particularly within our professional organizations. Finally, we advocate for our students with differing abilities and make accommodations in our pedagogy and teaching.
This site features announcements about forthcoming publications and conference activities, and also features blog posts on topics of interest to music and disability studies. In addition to this blog, you can also find us on our Facebook page and Google Plus page. Information about upcoming academic activities and discussions pertaining to music and disability topics are regularly shared on the Music and Disability Listserv, or DISMUS-L. To participate and subscribe to our listserv, send an e-mail to LISTSERV@GC.LISTSERV.CUNY.EDU with the command (paste it into the e-mail message body): SUBSCRIBE DISMUS-L. Once you have joined, the address for correspondence is DISMUS-L@GC.LISTSERV.CUNY.EDU.
The co-chairs of the DISMUS interest group of the Society for Music Theory are Bruce Quaglia (University of Minnesota) and Anabel Maler (University of Chicago). The co-chairs of the DISMUS study group of the American Musicological Society are Samantha Bassler (Brooklyn, NY) and Jessica Holmes (UCLA). Michael Accinno (UC Riverside) is the social media officer, James Deaville (Carleton University) moderates the blog, and Beth Keyes Cooper (CUNY) is the secretary. Please contact us!