The 3rd Biennial International Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium (DSandME23) will take place from April 27, 2023 through April 29, 2023. The symposium is free, with donations welcomed, and will be online with some satellite locations around the globe available for people interested in presenting or attending in-person.

JMU's Office of Creative Propulsion will host a satellite location at the Student Success Center in Room 1075 beside Dunkin' Donuts. Light refreshments will be provided. Please communicate dietary needs to the Office of Creative Propulsion. Parking permits will be provided to registered attendees (details to come).For information about campus accessibility and parking, visit the Campus Accessibility Map or the Accessible Parking Map. In-person satellite locations will also be hosted at Augustana College, University of North Texas, and Western University

All sessions will feature ASL interpretation and live transcription. Please contact with any questions and/or to confidentially discuss specific accessibility requirements that you may have.

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Please note, all times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4). Find your time zone here.

Thursday - April 27

6:00PM - 6:45PM - Jesse Rathgeber, Latasha Thomas-Durrell, David Stringham, Mary Miller, Emma Pilmer, and Grace Templeton
From performative to deliberative inclusion: What we learned from a disability studies-centric Professional Learning Community

6:45PM - 7:15PM - Erika Knapp
An Investigation of Classroom Practices of Music Educators working with Students with Disabilities in Self-Contained and Mainstreamed Settings)

7:15PM - 7:45PM Analisa Rodriguez
Exploring the secondary band experience in special education: A narrative inquiry from a student with EBD

7:45PM - 8:30PM - Leon de Bruin, Anthea Skinner, Grace Thompson
Towards Cripping the Conservatorium: Hearing the Voices of Disabled Students in Elite Instrumental Programs

Friday - April 28

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Keynote by Teri Dobbs

7:00PM - 7:30PM - Diane Kolin
Disability in music education: how adaptive instruments workshops can change education patterns in music schools

7:30PM - 8:00PM -  Performance by Molly Joyce

8:00PM - 8:45PM - Sean J. M. Newman
Music Educators With Disabilities: The Journey of Self-Discovery and Identity

Saturday - April 29

9:30AM - 10:00AM - Una MacGlone
Investigating processes in and experiences of inclusive workshops for young people with and without additional support needs

10:00AM - 10:30AM Rachel Grimsby
Research with Children with Disabilities: Ethics, Queries, and Activism

10:30AM - 11:00AM - Alex Lubet
On the Seventh Hour

11:00AM - 11:10AM BREAK

11:10AM - 11:40AM - Juliet Hess
The Dangers of Predictable Variability: Challenging the Imagining of Disability in the Universal Design for Learning in Music Education

11:40AM - 12:10PM Clint Randles
Customizing Music Education: Creating Pathways for Inclusion, Non-Standardization and Change Through Classroom Musical Creativities

12:10PM - 12:55PMSkylar Cameron and Annika Williams
Dreaming a Rubatic World: An Embodied Resistance to Chrononormativity in Music Education

12:55PM - 1:25PM - Kim McCord, Arianna Merigliano, and Joe Shapiro
I Really Feel Like Myself the Most When I Sing

1:25PM - 2:00PM - LUNCH

2:00PM - 2:30PM - Rachel Grimsby and Louie Jones
How I Choose to Music: Louie's Story

2:30PM - 3:00PM - adam patrick bell 
“The music had started to limp”: Dilla, Donuts, and Disability

3:00PM - 3:30PM - Erich Weiger
Of Bathrooms, Hospitals, and the Podium: A Music Educator's Perspective on Chronic Illness

3:30PM - 4:00PM - Rainamei Luna
Musical Immersion: A Critical Examination of Music Education for Individuals with Disabilities in Post-Secondary and Adult Settings

4:00PM - 4:10PM - BREAK

4:10PM - 4:40PM - Performance by Ado Nkemka

4:40PM - 5:10PM - Jesse Rathgeber and adam patrick bell
Disability as disruption: Embracing disability perspectives in music education

5:10PM - 6:10PM - Closing Keynote by Teri Dobbs 

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