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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 are collaborating with David Newman to host realtime, physically distanced JMUke events (read more about Professor Newman's work in the New York Times). For a schedule of events and to register, please visit 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
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9 AM - 4 PM

The James Madison University Center for Inclusive Music Engagement, in partnership with the JMU Office of Disability Services, hosted the Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium on Saturday, March 30th. This symposium—the first of its kind—will afford 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.

The symposium featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Alex Lubet of the University of Minnesota, a pioneering researcher in disability studies in music. Music education scholars used disability studies frameworks to share their work including Dr. Adam Patrick Bell (University of Calgary, Canada), Dr. Elizabeth Cassidy Parker (Temple University, USA), Dr. Warren Churchill (New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), and Dr. Jesse Rathgeber (James Madison University, USA). In addition, attendees took part in facilitated discussions in order to develop projects to explore additional uses of disability studies literature and theories in music education research and practice.

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