As a guest lecturer to Dr. Judith Cohen’s class “The Musical Experience” for non-music major and minor undergraduate students at York University on February 16, 2023, I worked with the class to create an additional chapter called “Music and Disability” for their textbook. They work with the following book: Music: A Social Experience (3rd edition). Maybe we should suggest this additional chapter to Routledge?
Category: Music and Disability
York University – Disability activism in music – First-year PhD students
Lecture at York University in Rob Bowman’s first-year PhD students class, on February 2nd, 2023. A two-hours lecture about several aspects of my research about disability and music.
University of Toronto – Guest in Rena Roussin’s “Music and Disability” course
It was a privilege to meet my colleague Rena Roussin’s students in her “Music and Disability” course on January 24, 2023, at University of Toronto (U of T). I gave a lecture about strategies performers with disabilities apply to their music-making, along with obstacles they had to face while studying music.
CMST Talks – Accessibility in Music
Community Music Schools of Toronto, the music school where I teach voice, regularly produces videos of interviews intended to increase musical and societal knowledge. The series called CMST Talks features guests discussing specific topics. I took part in the “Accessibility in Music” talk, recorded on November 24, 2022, hosted by Thompson Egbo-Egbo and produced by Jasper Gahunia. Two other guests, in relation to my overall research about disability and music in the professional music industry, have been interviewed for the occasion: Kris Haplin, MiMu gloves player, and Precious Perez, singer and VP of RAMPD (Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities).
AMS-SEM-SMT joint conference – NOLA 2022
New Orleans hosted the joint American Musicology Society, Society of Ethnomusicology, and Society of Music Theory conference, from November 9 to November 13, 2022. I presented a paper entitled “Performing with a different body: re-imagining music-making” on November 11. There were some good opportunities to connect with my colleagues working hard to build a better Disability Studies field with more music talks. The conference was video recorded.
PODIUM 2022 – Choral singing, abilities and possibilities: how to accessibilize your choir
PODIUM is a Canadian festival and conference about choral singing co-presented by Choral Canada and Choirs Ontario. The event is bilingual (French and English) and occurs every two years in a different city in Canada. This year, I was involved in two aspects of the event: an accessibility assessment, and a presentation about accessibility in choirs.
Vibrations, deafness and music: from Ludwig van Beethoven to Evelyn Glennie (video)
This presentation is based on the one given at York University, Toronto, Canada, on January 14th, 2022. It is in English and contains embedded subtitles. How does someone deaf hear music? Is there another approach to sound when the ears are not working? In this paper, based on the assumption that deafness is incompatible with sound, thus with music, I explore the interconnections between hearing impairments and music-making, from the nineteenth century to today.
Performing with a Different Body: Re-imagining Music-making
Paper presented at York University, Toronto, on April 21st, 2022, during the MUSI 6010 PhD Colloquium. Extract: How do musicians with differently developed bodies make music? Like all musicians, they need a team of supporters. Their teams, however, also include instrument inventors and builders. In this paper, I explore the experience of three professional musicians who I have interviewed about their musical journeys, born without arms, with a different shape of body, or with a progressing disability.
Vibrations, deafness and music: from Ludwig van Beethoven to Evelyn Glennie
Paper presented at York University, Toronto, on January 14th, 2022, and during the Carleton University Music and Culture Graduate Student Society 2022 Symposium, Ottawa, on March 26th, 2022. Abstract: How does someone deaf hear music? Is there another approach to sound when the ears are not working? In this paper, based on the assumption that deafness is incompatible with sound, thus with music, I explore the interconnections between hearing impairments and music-making, form the nineteenth century to today.
Music as a Tool for Disability Activism
Article published in “Music & Politics in the Moment” – Issue No. 1, December 2021. In this article, I explain how Critical Disability Studies has changed the vision of disability thanks to artistic initiatives, and how different models of disability differ in relation to arts and culture.