AMS Study Group Election

The AMS Music and Disability Study Group is pleased to introduce Benjamin Coghan as its candidate for Webmaster.

Benjamin Coghan is a PhD student in Historical Musicology at the University of Texas, Austin from Waldorf, MD. He completed a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Studies and a Bachelor of Music in Music History at The Ohio State University before beginning graduate studies in musicology at Louisiana State University, and transferring to UT-Austin. His research interests include disability studies and music performance/reception, American popular music during the nineteenth century, and has tertiary interests in the music of Fluxus and American opera & art song. While at UT, he has served as both the Colloquium Representative and Co-President of the Association of Graduate Ethno/Musicology Students (AGEMS).

Benjamin has been a member of AMS, AMS-Midwest, AMS-South, AMS-Southwest, and the Society for American Music (SAM). He has presented papers at the annual meeting of SAM (2017), the Music & the Moving Image Conference (2019), and has participated in several regional graduate conferences. As a member of the Austin community he performs with the Capital City Men’s Chorus, enjoys Austin’s paths and parks with his dog Joplin, works with fused glass at the Helios Fused Glass studio, and has a large collection of cactuses and succulents.

Please cast your ballot by Thursday, November 14!

A Note From Cambridge Common Voices

 

Logo for Cambridge Common Voices. A blue C, a red C, and a white V interlocking.

Dr. Andrew Clark just relayed the AMS Study Group a message on behalf of Cambridge Common Voices:

We of the Cambridge Common Voices owe such a debt of gratitude to you and your colleagues for the opportunity perform in your Music & Disability Study Group panel last Thursday at the AMS meeting in Boston. At our rehearsal on Sunday, we took time to reflect on the experience – our singers had a blast. It also drove home an important and painful reminder for me that many of our musicians really have very few occasions to perform for others, much less for such an esteemed group like AMS. 

This experience, made possible by you and your colleagues, ultimately gave our singers an empowered opportunity to share their music and their spirits in meaningful way. It had to be about them. And bearing witness to their authentic joy and sense of abandon made it all worthwhile. I think, maybe, we all often approach these conference spaces with a desire to impress, when what we actually need — at the spiritual level —  is to be inspired.

The work of your study group extends beyond the important endeavor of generating knowledge, critique, and insight — I’m drawn to it because it’s rooted in justice, in raising our consciousness, and in stirring our soul. To make music for all of you, whose work I deeply admire, felt like the best way to give back and to say thank you. I hope we can continue to keep track of each other and that our paths cross soon.

AMS Boston Business Meeting

Attached please find the draft agenda for our business meeting, which will be held on November 1 from 12:30-2:00 in Harbor III. Please note that our business meeting will feature a research presentation by Andrew Dell’Antonio, “UDL as a Resource for Decolonizing the Music History Syllabus.”
The details for our Thursday evening panel are posted on our website: https://musicdisabilitystudies.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/ams-boston-2019/. Additionally, the conference will feature several disability-themed papers, including:

Friday Morning, 10:45-12:15 Disabilities (Harbor II)
Jessica Holmes (University of California, Los Angeles), Chair
Barbara Eichner (Oxford Brookes University), “Infirm Singers and Dyslexic Nuns: Negotiating Disability in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Monastic Institutions”
James Deaville (Carleton University), “Hearing the American Nightmare: Disability, Race, and Jazz in It’s a Wonderful Life”
 
Saturday Afternoon, 2:15 Educators and Students, 1680–1860 (Commonwealth C)
Mary Natvig (Bowling Green State University), Chair
Michael Accinno (Duke University), “Music, Literacy, and the Transatlantic Circulation of Braille”

We look forward to seeing many of you in Boston!

AMS Study Group Election

The AMS Music and Disability Study Group is pleased to introduce the following slate of candidates for election:

Candidates for Chair

Please note: Jeannette D. Jones and Stefan Sunandan Honisch have agreed to run together and serve jointly as co-chairs.

Jeannette D. Jones is graduating this spring from Boston University with her PhD in historical musicology. Her primary research is in music, poetry, and networks in late fifteenth-century France, but she is also active in music and disability studies. She published an essay on music and Deaf culture in the Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies. Jeannette regularly teaches courses on music and disability studies, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and Brandeis University (Waltham, MA). Jeannette has been involved with the study group since 2011 and served as a chair of the ad hoc Committee on Accessibility, which served to rewrite the AMS standards of Accessibility. She works as advocate for Accessibility within the AMS, serving on a panel for gender and accessibility at the 2018 national AMS meeting. Jeannette maintains connections with her local Deaf community and with the Deaf musician community.

Stefan Sunandan Honisch is an Associate Fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. He holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a dissertation examining the critical and popular reception of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Stefan provided the following the candidate statement:

I am excited by the opportunity to put my name forward for the Chair of the AMS Music and Disability Study Group. I bring perspectives shaped by my lived experiences as a disabled musician, researcher, and educator, connecting scholarship to its application in the classroom, teaching studio, and concert hall. Through my multi-faceted engagement with music, education, and disability spanning more than a decade, I have come to recognize that inclusion and access are open-ended processes, neither recipes, nor checklists, but instead, participatory and dialogical.

I look forward to bringing this combination of lived experience and engaged scholarship to addressing cross-disability accessibility in the work of our Study Group, and in the AMS more broadly. It would be a privilege to provide leadership and collaborate with colleagues to submit annual and semiannual reports, facilitate the annual meeting, organize scholarly initiatives, including the evening session at the annual AMS meetings, and find new ways of advocating for inclusion and access for scholars and students with disabilities.

My public scholarship contributions include blog posts for the AMS Music and Disability Study Group, for W.W. Norton’s Avid Listener, and for Public Disability History. I am active on social media platforms that advance Disability Studies pedagogy and scholarship, serving as co-moderator of the Teaching Disability Studies Facebook Group. In addition, I am a member of the Editorial Board of Public Disability History, and a member of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies Review Board. Connecting scholarship to teaching is central to my work, as demonstrated in the graduate seminar I developed at Uppsala University, and the guest lectures I deliver for undergraduate and graduate seminars, and for survey-style courses.

As Chair of the Study Group, I would include explore possible synergies between the Public Philosophy Journal, for which I serve as a Field Editor on Disability Issues. Building on the Study Group’s previous work, I am interested in supporting capacity-building around the ongoing expansion of the Pedagogy page, drawing on Universal Design for Learning frameworks to promote accessible and inclusive documents for course syllabi, and at conferences. Going further, I would take an active role in providing expanded options for virtual participation in meetings and conferences, to ensure that our colleagues who manage chronic illness, disability, and complex health needs can participate fully in meetings, conferences, and can take up opportunities to serve in AMS in various roles. I would look forward to working with the Editor on developing topical blog series including disability in the academic job market, and technology in the classroom.

I would work with fellow Study Group officers including the Webmaster and Editor to ensure that multimedia posts on the Study group website, as well as links to external content are provided with textual descriptions, are compatible with screen readers, and that the website works towards becoming more neurodiversity inclusive. Toward that end, I would reach out to Study Group members via email to explore internal capacity for launching a supplementary resources page specifically for improving web content accessibility.

I have been actively involved with the Study Group since its inception, and I welcome the chance to build on its exciting and path-breaking interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy in serving as Chair.

Candidate for Secretary

Elizabeth McLain is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, where she is writing her dissertation on Olivier Messiaen’s intellectual world and aesthetic agenda in the 1930s under the guidance of Jane F. Fulcher. Her most recent publication, “Messiaen’s L’Ascension: Musical Illumination of Spiritual Texts after the Model of Tournemire’s L’Orgue Mystique,” appears in Mystic Modern: The Music, Thought, and Legacy of Charles Tournemire, the most complete volume of Tournemire scholarship to date. McLain has presented conference papers on the subject of Messiaen’s early period, most notably “Dreams of the Soul: Olivier Messiaen’s Nonconformist Catholic Surrealism in Chants de terre et de ciel (1939)” at the Royal Music Association’s Crosscurrents of Music & Theology conference in 2013 and “Resurrection as Transcendence: Nonconformist Ideology in Olivier Messiaen’s Les Corps glorieux (1939)” at the Visions of the Beyond conference at the Southbank Centre in London in 2014.

Candidate for Blog Editor

James Deaville (School for Studies in Art & Culture: Music, Carleton University) is a Musicologist specializing in music, composers and musical practices and institutions of the 19th and 20th centuries, having published and spoken about such diverse topics as Franz Liszt, music criticism, television news music, African-American entertainers in turn-of-the-century Vienna and “fascist” Nordic composers during the Third Reich. He has published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, 19th Century Music Review, Echo, Current Musicology, Hamburger Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft and Canadian University Music Review (among others).

Please cast your votes by March 29!

Call for Officer Nominations

The AMS Music and Disability Study Group is currently accepting nominations for the following officer positions:

Chair: Manages the Study Group; submits annual reports to the AMS Board and semiannual reports to the AMS newsletter; presides over the annual business meeting; organizes the Study Group’s evening session at AMS annual meetings.

Secretary: Records the minutes of the annual business meeting and assists the Chair as needed.

Webmaster: Maintains the Study Group’s webpage, social media accounts, and listserv. Experience with WordPress is desirable.

Blog Editor: Solicits and edits post for the Study Group’s blog. The Blog Editor may also serve as the Webmaster.

Officers serve three­-year, overlapping terms. In the first year, the incoming officer serves jointly with the outgoing officer; in the second year, the officer serves alone; and in the third year, the outgoing officer serves jointly with the incoming officer.

Please submit nominations and self-nominations to disability.and.music@gmail.com no later than Friday, March 8.

P.S. If you are a graduate student working in the area of music and disability studies, we’d like to hear about you! Please send a brief description of your research and/or activist work to disability.and.music@gmail.com.

CFP: “Music and Physical Disability: From Instrument to Performance”

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A Call for Papers and Presentations

​Music & Physical Disability:
From Instrument to Performance


A Conference and Performance Event

On September 7th and 8th 2018, the OHMI Trust, in collaboration with Birmingham City University and Queen Mary University of London, will host a major conference exploring the barriers to music-making faced by people with physical disabilities. The event will also encompass the annual OHMI Competition awards.
 
The conference will bring together current multi-disciplinary research with, among others, the experiences of disabled musicians, teachers, charities, funders, and government agencies. Recently developed instrument designs will also be demonstrated.
 
​The challenge to enable full and undifferentiated participation in music for people with physical impairments is a subject only recently receiving attention. It is hoped that sharing knowledge through this conference will stimulate further and more rapid developments in the coming years.
Venue: The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire
Dates: September 7th and 8th 2018

Submissions:
 
The conference will interleave research papers with demonstrations and talks from instrument makers, teachers, students and other practitioners. We solicit three types of submission: (i) research presentations, (ii) practitioner presentations (which may include disabled musicians, parents, teachers, and professionals working in the field), and (iii) posters.
 
The conference subject necessarily involves a range of technical, musical, aesthetic, pedagogic, social and medical issues. Submissions may be on any subject that is directly relevant to the conference topic. Reflecting this, it is expected that submissions might address:

  • The adaptation of traditional instruments
  • Accessible digital musical instruments
  • The quality and form of electronic instruments, and their potential for virtuosity
  • Range, types and advances in sensor technologies
  • Human-computer interaction studies
  • Performance studies, and how they relate to people with physical disabilities
  • Pedagogical approaches to working with young people with a disability
  • Pedagogical practices and related issues in musical learning in different age groups
  • Assessment of learning processes, and forms of accreditation
  • Musical learning issues for young people with a physical impairment
  • Early experiences with music, and their consequences
  • Principles of social justice with respect to the barriers and opportunities for musical performance by people with physical disabilities.
  • Inclusion issues for disabled career musicians


Submission Process:

  • Using the forms available at www.ohmi.org.uk/submissions.html,  abstracts of maximum 500 words should be submitted by March 31st 2018
  • As requested on the form, it is essential that each submission state the name of author, contact details, and affiliation (if any).
  • Research papers and posters will be selected through a single blind peer review process
  • Practitioner presentations and posters will be selected by a review panel
  • The programme committee reserves the right to make final decisions about presentation format (talk or poster)
  • Review criteria will be: relevance to the conference subject, originality, clarity, academic rigour (for research papers), and coherence.
  • Each presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Submissions must be received by March 31st 2018. 
Acceptance notifications will be on May 31st.

All selected abstracts will be published in the conference programme. Authors confirm their agreement by submitting their abstract. Following the conference, accepted authors and presenters may be invited to submit papers for publication in an edited book.
 
Registration

Registration date will be announced very soon.

Queries should be sent to admin@ohmi.org.uk

Program for Music and Disability Events at AMS 2017

Greetings, colleagues! We are looking forward to catching up with many of you at this week’s AMS conference in Rochester. Please find the attached program for the AMS Music and Disability Study Group’s session, to be held on Thursday from 8–11 PM in C: Highland A/K. 

AMS 2017 Panel Program

In addition, the study group will hold its business meeting on Friday from 12:15–1:15 PM in C: Highland, E/F. Please check our website later this week for business meeting documents.