ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education

Keynote Presentation: Intersectionality and The Social Model of Disability: Reframing Educational Practice

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Emelyne Bingham
Vanderbilt University, Senior Lecturer

Emelyne Bingham is an American conductor, speaker, and an autism self-advocate. She has lead concerts of the Nashville Symphony as its assistant conductor and the Columbus Women’s Orchestra as its music director, as well as performances of the Toledo Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Nashville Opera, Nashville Ballet, and Ars Nova Huntsville. Recently, she has conducted recordings with the New York City Ballet Orchestra and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. She has served as the artistic director for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences outreach project in partnership with the Leonard Bernstein Center and the Nashville Symphony. Currently she serves as the artistic director of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition and teaches at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. In 2011, she was named a research member at the esteemed Vanderbilt Kennedy Center where she assists with research on music and autism. Her numerous performances in the recording, broadcast, and movie studio with colleagues ranging from Larry Gatlin to Sandi Patti to Amy Grant, have been broadcast on A&E, MTV, CMT, Public Television, the NAXOS American Classics Series, and National Public Radio. She is an active member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the Recording Academy.


“My mother thought being a woman and an engineer was an intersection that would work for me. But a roundabout path of failures, successes, and self-discoveries led me to an entirely uncharted path, complete with newly-found intersections.”  ~ Emelyne Bingham, conductor, educator, and autism self-advocate.

Using both research and personal experience, Bingham examines the use of the social model of disability in conjunction with intersectionality as a powerful approach to reframe existing practices in arts education. Implications are discussed in terms of educator satisfaction, student success, and social justice.