Pedagogy

Below you will find a bibliography of resources to help navigate disability and accessibility issues in the classroom. For inquiries about specific pedagogical challenges, you may wish to post a query to the DISMUS-L list or check our Archived Conversations. Ongoing mentoring is available, both for pedagogical and personal encounters with dis/ability. See our Support Network page.

A note on terminology: The music classroom can easily impair differently abled bodies. The following resources discuss the causes of these impairments and explore ways to better accommodate all students within a more inclusive framework.

Accessibility Resources

Accessible Syllabus. Tulane University. Anne-Marie Womack, creator.

Duke Accessible Syllabus Project. Duke University.

Francis, Kimberly, Michael Accinno, and Meagan Troop. 2018. “Six Easy Ways to Foster an Accessible and Inclusive Music History Classroom.” Musicology Now, American Musicological Society.

Quaglia, Bruce W. 2015. “Planning for Student Variability: Universal Design for Learning in the Music Theory Classroom and Curriculum.” Music Theory Online 21, no. 1 (March). http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.15.21.1/mto.15.21.1.quaglia.html.

WebAIM: Web Accessibility in Mind. Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University. https://webaim.org/.

Course Syllabi

Deaville, James. Music and Disability. Upper-level undergraduate seminar (.5 cr), Carleton University

Dell’Antonio, Andrew. Music, Ability, Disability. Graduate seminar (3 cr.), The University of Texas at Austin.

Honisch, Stefan Sunandan. Disabilities, Cultures, and the Vulnerable Sensorium: Communication as Dissensus. Graduate seminar, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Howe, Blake. Music and Disability Studies. Graduate-level musicology seminar (3 cr.), Louisiana State University.

Iverson, Jennifer. Disability and Music. Music theory readings group (1 cr.), University of Iowa.

Meizel, Katherine. Music and Dis/Ability. Upper-level undergraduate seminar, Bowling Green State University.

Quaglia, Bruce. Special Topics in Music Theory: Music Analysis and Human Dis/ability. Upper-level undergraduate seminar (3 cr.), University of Utah.

Stras, Laurie. Music and Disability. Undergraduate seminar, an introduction to Disability Studies and music, University of Southampton.

Straus, Joseph. Disability Studies in Music. Graduate class on music and disability, CUNY Graduate Center .

Scholarship

Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities

Jensen-Moulton, Stephanie. 2009. “Music Fundamentals: Three Classes with Daniel Trush.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Kochavi, Jon. 2009. “‘How Do You Hear That?’ Autism, Blindness, and Teaching Music Theory.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Gillespie, Jeff. 2009. “Our Common Uniqueness.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Parsons, Laurel. 2015. “Dyslexia and Post-Secondary Music Instruction.” Music Theory Online 21, no. 4 (December). http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.15.21.4/mto.15.21.4.parsons.html

Scotto, Ciro. 2009. “The Symbiosis of Disability.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August). http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.09.15.3/mto.09.15.3.scotto.html.

Depression

Deaville, James. 2009. “More Than the Blues: Clinical Depression, Invisible Disabilities and Academe.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Jackson, Timothy L. 2009. “Escaping from a Black Hole: Facing Depression in Academia.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Blindness and Visual Impairment

“Braille Music Resources.” National Federation of the Blind. https://nfb.org/braille-music.

Gillespie, Jeffrey L. 2013. “Serving Musicians With Visual Impairment in the College Classroom: Building Bridges Toward Understanding.” Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy 27: 165-210.

Goldstein, David. 2011. “Music Pedagogy for the Blind.” National Resource Center for Blind Musicians. http://www.blindmusicstudent.org/Articles/music_pedagogy.htm.

Green, Thomas. n.d. “Playing Music Despite Macular Degeneration.” National Resource Center for Blind Musicians. http://www.blindmusicstudent.org/Articles/green_story.htm.

Johnson, Shersten. 2009. “Notational Systems and Conceptualizing Music: A Case Study of Print and Braille Notation.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Johnson, Shersten. 2016. “Understanding is Seeing: Music Analysis and Blindness.” In The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, edited by Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, and Joseph Straus, 131–153. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kochavi, Jon. 2009. “‘How Do You Hear That?’ Autism, Blindness, and Teaching Music Theory.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Pacun, David. 2009. “Reflections on and Some Recommendations for Visually Impaired Students.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Prescott, John Richard. 2011. “A Blind Musicologist Speaks.” In “‘A Miracle of Art and Nature’: The Role of Disability in the Life and Career of a Blind Eighteenth-Century Musician,” 64–73. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.

Saslaw, Janna. 2009. “‘Teaching Blind’: Methods for Teaching Music Theory to Visually Impaired Students.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Smaligo, M. 1999. “Resources for Helping Blind Music Students.” Future Reflections 18, no. 1 (Spring). https://nfb.org/Images/nfb/Publications/fr/fr18/Issue1/f180105.htm.

Taesch, Richard. 2008. A Blind Music Student’s College Survival Guide, and The Music Professor’s Help Manual. Rev ed. https://www.menvi.org/documents/Col-pre.doc; https://www.menvi.org/documents/College.doc.

Deafness and Hearing Loss

Buchholz, Noah. 2018. “Seeing Music? An Inquiry into the Place of Music in Deaf Culture.” Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures (August). http://journalofasl.com/seeing-music/.

Darrow, Alice-Ann. 1993. “The Role of Music in Deaf Culture: Implications for Music Educators.” Journal of Research in Music Education 41, no. 2 (July): 93– 110.  https://doi.org/10.2307%2F3345402.

“Deaf Music: Universal Design in the Classroom and Beyond.” 2017. Program in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Teachers College, Columbia University. https://vimeo.com/213156619.

Dick, Ehrenberg, Paul Shim, and Hannah Silvestri. 2018. “Universal Design for Music: Exploring the Intersection of Deaf Education and Music Education.” Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures (August). http://journalofasl.com/universal-design/.

Gillespie, Jeff. 2009. “Our Common Uniqueness.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August). http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.09.15.3/mto.09.15.3.gillespie.html.

Hash, Phillip M. 2003. “Teaching Instrumental Music to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.” Research & Issues in Music Education 1 (1). https://ir.stthomas.edu/rime/vol1/iss1/5.

Schraer-Joiner, Lyn. 2014. Music for Children with Hearing Loss. New York: Oxford University Press.

Physical Impairment

Gimbel, Allen. 2009. “Scholarship and Quadriplegia.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4. (August). http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.09.15.3/mto.09.15.3.gimbel.html.

Honisch, Stefan Sunandan. 2009. “Re-narrating Disability through Musical Performance.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3–4 (August).

Chronic and Invisible Illnesses

Attinello, Paul. 2009. “Time, Work, and Chronic Illness.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August). http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.09.15.3/mto.09.15.3.attinello.html.

Attinello Paul. 2018. “Being Exhibit A: Teaching AIDS and Music in the University Classroom.” In International Perspectives on Teaching with Disability: Overcoming Obstacles and Enriching Lives, edited by Michael S. Jeffress. Oxford: Routledge.

Bassler, Samantha. 2009. “‘But You Don’t Look Sick’: A Survey of Scholars with Chronic, Invisible Illnesses and their Advice on How to Live and Work in Academia.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4. http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.09.15.3/mto.09.15.3.bassler.html.

Cheng, William. 2016. Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mpub.9293551.

Schmalenberger, Sarah. 2008. “Life and Livelihood: Musicians Coping with Breast Cancer.” Review of Disability Studies 4 (1): 43–54. http://www.rdsjournal.org/index.php/journal/article/view/273.

General

Darrow, Alice-Ann. 2010. “Music Education for All: Employing the Principles of Universal Design to Educational Practice.” General Music Today 24, no. 1 (August): 43–45. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1048371310376901.

Darrow, Alice-Ann. 2015. “Ableism and Social Justice: Rethinking Disability in Music Education.” In The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education, edited by Cathy Benedict, Patrick Schmidt, Gary Spruce, and Paul Woodford, 204–220. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199356157.013.54.

Challis, Ben. 2009. “Technology, Accessibility, and Creativity in Popular Music Education.” Popular Music 28, no. 3 (October): 425–431.

Jones, Michelle D., Ailsa Lipscombe, Felicia Youngblood, John Murphy, Meghan Schrader, and Joan Titus. 2016. “Accessible Music Pedagogy and Scholarship: Accommodations for Bodily Difference and Disability.” Roundtable presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Washington, D.C..
https://iu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/SEM2016-Session+4A/1_kh8whl7m.

Laes, Tuulikki and Heidi Westerlund. 2017. “Performing Disability in Music Teacher Education: Moving Beyond Inclusion Through Expanded Professionalism.” International Journal of Music Education 36, no. 1 (May): 34–46. https://doi.org/10.1177/0255761417703782.

Morris, Rebecca. 2009. “Universal Design and Adaptive Equipment: Ideas and Solutions for Music Schools.” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August).

Public Disability Studies

Dell’Antonio, Andrew, and Felicia Miyakawa, eds. The Avid Listener. W.W. Norton.

  • Contributors: Andrew Dell’Antonio, Linda Shaver-Gleason, Stefan Sunandan Honisch, and Robin Wallace.

Williams, Nancy M. 2016. “Teaching Music to Students with Hearing Loss.” Music in a Minuet Blog. National Association for Music Education. https://nafme.org/teaching-music-to-students-with-hearing-loss/.

 

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