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Disability arts and visually impaired musicians in the community

Baker, D; Green, L; (2018) Disability arts and visually impaired musicians in the community. In: Bartleet, BL and Higgins, L, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. (pp. 477-502). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter reports on a multifaceted ‘disability arts scene’ in music worldwide that comprises visually impaired (i.e., blind and partially sighted) instrumentalists, singers, composers, producers, and others across a range of musical styles and genres. Some such musicians work alone but are usually deeply involved in networks. Others join community music ensembles that can be made up of musicians with a range of disabilities including visual impairments, or that consist entirely of visually impaired people. When promoting their community music participation, some visually impaired musicians draw on the history and traditions of the blind in music across the world, and thus exists the lore concerning special dispensations in the absence of sight. Yet there are also visually impaired musicians who distance themselves from that self-identity. The chapter explores how members of this unique socio-musical group consider the aforesaid ‘scene’ and its integral community music, and how their interpretations correspond or clash; it introduces key matters of accessibility, independent mobility, identity, musical approach and media, notions of discrimination, and social inclusion.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Disability arts and visually impaired musicians in the community
ISBN-13: 9780190219505
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190219505.013.1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190219505.0...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: music and disability, visual impairment, blindness and partial sight, social inclusion and music, accessibility and music, musical identities
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/1477247
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