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An exploratory study of the experiences of musicians with autistic traits in higher music education in England

Tang, Sin Ying Eunice; (2022) An exploratory study of the experiences of musicians with autistic traits in higher music education in England. Presented at: UCL IOE Doctoral Summer Conference 2022, London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This exploratory study investigates the nature of autistic traits (AT) in higher music education (HME) in England. In the context of this study, AT defines as people with a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum condition (ASC), people with high autistic traits without a diagnosis of ASC, as well as people with some AT. The data suggests that the possible AT that musicians in HME might possess are social communication difficulties, lack of flexibility of thoughts and sensory overload. The data also unveiled a story of a young violinist who overcomes her social communication difficulties while studying in a specialist music school and then flourishing in a conservatoire. Regarding the current institutional responses to students with autistic traits, the data shows the steps for music students in the specialist music school to obtain a National Health Service referral, which is entirely based on the will of the students and parents. The next phase of this study aims to shed light on autistic musicians' development, and how they progress musically, in order to draw on evidence to inform and advance institutional equality, diversity and inclusion policy and practice in HME in England.

Type: Poster
Title: An exploratory study of the experiences of musicians with autistic traits in higher music education in England
Event: UCL IOE Doctoral Summer Conference 2022
Location: London, UK
Dates: 16 June 2022
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/cde/current-students/#IOE
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164735
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