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JMUke is a music project focused on engaging JMU students and community members in participatory-based music making and music learning through building and playing ukuleles.

While we have previously hosted events in and around the JMU and Harrisonburg communities throughout the year, during Spring and Summer 2020—in response to COVID-19—we held weekly online jams via Zoom. In Fall 2020, we collaborated with David Newman to host realtime, physically distanced JMUke events (read more about Professor Newman's work in the New York Times). Our Spring 2021 schedule will be announced soon! Please watch for more information on our JMUke Facebook page.

Stories and Songs

In 2017, James Madison University received a grant from National Endowment for the Arts to support “Stories and Songs of Incarceration, Equity, Justice, and Community: Impact of an Interdisciplinary, Arts-Based Project on Formerly Incarcerated Persons, Pre-Service Students, and Community Members,” a mixed-methods study examining potential impacts of an arts program that uses songwriting to explore issues of incarceration, equity, justice, and community. This project involved three study populations: a) residents at a transition home for nonviolent, nonsexual ex-offenders who have been released or diverted from incarceration; b) pre-service professionals in music education and social work enrolled as students at James Madison University; and c) community members in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As part of the arts program being studied, project staff facilitated weekly sessions in which transitional home residents engaged in self-reflection, shared their stories, and were coached in generating music and/or other artworks inspired by their stories. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from the populations of interest. Resulting artworks were shared with the community through live, public performance. We have developed a project website "Transitioning and Traversing: Stories and Songs of Incarceration, Equity, Justice, and Communityto share media, research findings, and other artifacts.

Dance for Parkinson's

Professor Emerita Kate Trammell launched JMU’s Dance for PD initiative in Fall 2018. Professor Trammell is joined by undergraduate students from School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music, who collaborate to facilitate biweekly classes for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their caretakers. CIME is proud to partner with Professor Trammell to provide administrative support for Dance for PD, collaborate in ongoing research, and develop complementary Music for PD programming.

Research and Issues in Music Education

Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME) is a peer-reviewed international journal that advances scholarly thought by publishing articles promoting research, dialogue, practice, and policy related to learning and teaching music. RIME publishes quantitative, qualitative, philosophical, historical, speculative, and bibliographic articles that contribute to an understanding of any focus and level of music education. RIME was established in 2000 at the University of St. Thomas; as of 2019, Research and Issues in Music Education is housed in the Center for Inclusive Music Engagement and hosted by JMU Libraries.

Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium
Thursday, April 15 - Saturday, April 17, 2021

The James Madison University Center for Inclusive Music Engagement, in partnership with Augustana College, is excited to host a second biennial Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium from Thursday, April 15 - Saturday, April 17. Our virtual gathering will focus around the theme "Intersectionality of Disabled Persons/Persons with Disabilities' Experiences In, With, Through, and Around Music." The Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium—the first of its kind—affords researcher-practitioners chances to share their disability studies-related work and to discuss potential uses of disability studies theorization for their future scholarship and teaching. We invite you to register here for this free symposium.

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, April 15

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Keynote: Black/Brown International Disability Art and Hip-Hop (Leroy Moore, Jr.)

5:00 PM – 5:10 PM

Symposium Welcome

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Universal Design for Learning in Piano Performance Pedagogy: Does Practice Make Inclusive? (Stefan Sunandan Honsich, University of British Columbia)

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Figuring Out Instruction Geared for Musicians with Disabilities: Graduate Music Education Students’ Experiences Teaching in Adaptive Learning Environments (Kimberly McCord, Illinois State University/New York University)

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Emerging Research Forum


Friday, April 16

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Utiliziling Dis/ability Critical Race Theory (DisCrit) in Music Education Research: Exploring Issues of Intersectionality and Equity (Erika J. Knapp, Michigan State University)

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

“I Wanna Be Famous”: A Conversation with Musician Dyllan Mills-Harten

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Creating Access through Arts (Gift Tshuma, Blurring the Boundaries) 

6:15 PM – 7:45 PM

Reframing What Frames Us: Considering the Transformative Potential of Disability Studies in Music Education (Jesse Rathgeber, Emma Pilmer, and Sarah Stelzer, Augustana College; Amy Lewis, James Madison University; Juliet Hess, Michigan State University; Katelyn Anderson and adam patrick bell, University of Calgary)


Saturday, April 17

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Revisiting the Inaugural Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium (Alex Lubet, University of Minnesota)

 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Signed-Singing: Listening to Deafness at the Intersections (Warren N. Churchill, New York University, Abu Dhabi)

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Music and Discussion with Jay Dasent 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Reshape Music: A Panel Presentation Exploring the Lived Experiences of Disabled People in Music Education and Beyond (Sarah Mawby, University of Leeds)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Assistive Technology to Promote Occupational Justice and Occupational Resiliency for Artists and Musicians with Disabilities (Sophia Stone, Brianna Vig, Joshua Schwenig, and Amy Russell Yun; James Madison University)

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Music and Autism: A Re-presentational Approach to Neurodiversity (Michael Bakan, Florida State University and Dawn Prince-Hughes)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Keynote: Krip-Hop Nation’s Cypher Workshop (Leroy Moore, Jr.)

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