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Disability and Music Performance

1st Edition

By Alejandro Alberto Téllez Vargas


182 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2018-06-14
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Disability and Music Performance examines discriminatory social practices in music conservatoria, orchestras, music festivals and music competitions, which limit disabled people’s access to music performance at a professional level. Of particular interest are the disabling barriers that musicians with an intellectual, physical, sensory or neurological disability—or an acquired brain injury—encounter in the world of Western classical music, both as students and as professional performers.

This book collects data in the form of semi-structured interviews and video and audio recordings to explore the voice, concerns and suggestions expressed by musicians with disabilities. It examines their perceptions of both inclusive and discriminatory practices in music institutions as well as the representation of, and audio-visual recordings by, key musical figures with disabilities. Its findings aim to contribute to the wellbeing of musicians with impairments by challenging disabling social practices that see them as inferior.

This publication offers performers, teachers and researchers new perspectives for exploring some of the most common social dynamics in encounters between normative audiences, musicians and music critics, and musicians with disabilities. It invites the reader to recognise disability as a rightful identity category in music performance and to dismantle the disabling barriers that limit the participation of disabled people in music-making.

Table of Contents

List of Figures; List of Music Examples; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1. Historical Intersections between Disability and Music Performance; Chapter 2. Ableism in the Socio-Musical Organisation; Chapter 3. Iconography of Performers with Disabilities; Chapter 4. The Visual Aspects of Disability in Piano Performance; Chapter 5. Overcoming Narratives and Piano Performance; Chapter 6. Ageing and Music Performance; Chapter 7. Disability Identity in Music Performance; Conclusion; Index

About the Author

Alejandro Alberto Téllez Vargas completed his PhD in 2016 as an Endeavour Postgraduate Award Holder (University of Melbourne). In 2008, he received a Fulbright Fellowship for International Postgraduate Studies at the United States of America, where he studied a master’s degree in music performance with a related field of studies in music and medicine at the University of North Texas (UNT). Currently, he works at the Department of Education and Training of the Victorian Government, Australia.

About the Series

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

Disability studies has made great strides in exploring power and the body. This series extends the interdisciplinary dialogue between disability studies and other fields by asking how disability studies can influence a particular field. It will show how a deep engagement with disability studies changes our understanding of the following fields: sociology, literary studies, gender studies, bioethics, social work, law, education, or history. This ground-breaking series identifies both the practical and theoretical implications of such an interdisciplinary dialogue and challenges people in disability studies as well as other disciplinary fields to critically reflect on their professional praxis in terms of theory, practice, and methods.

Series editor: Mark Sherry, The University of Toledo, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General