• Teaching Music and Disability Through Disclosure-Oriented Pedagogy

    Author(s):
    Tekla Babyak (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    American Musicological Society, Education and Pedagogy, Music and Sound, Society for Music Theory (SMT), TC Disability Studies
    Subject(s):
    Critical pedagogy, Disabilities, Music, Nineteenth century, Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827, Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    H-Net Teaching Conference: Uncharted Territories: Teaching History, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Innovative Ways
    Conf. Org.:
    H-Net: Social Sciences and Humanities Online
    Conf. Loc.:
    Virtual
    Conf. Date:
    Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2022
    Tag(s):
    Music, Disability, Pedagogy, Multiple Sclerosis
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/81vx-0c53
    Abstract:
    In this paper, presented at the 2022 H-Net Teaching Conference, I describe how I teach undergraduate students about disability in music through what I call disclosure-oriented pedagogy. This practice involves demonstrating cross-historical comparisons between my lived experiences of disability and the representations of disability in 19th-century musical works. I’m a disabled independent scholar with multiple sclerosis (PhD, Musicology, Cornell, 2014). I’m unaffiliated due to my disabilities, but I often give guest lectures in university music courses in which I implement my disclosure-oriented pedagogy. This form of pedagogy, as I suggest in my paper, can make the course material more memorable, relevant, and connected to social justice. In the opening section of this paper, I situate my pedagogical theories in the context of current literature about self-disclosure in the classroom. I then offer case studies of how I incorporate disclosure-oriented pedagogy when teaching Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. My paper concludes by summarizing the benefits, but also the potential risks and limitations, of my disclosure-oriented pedagogy.
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