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

Pre-recorded 20 Minute Session: Advancing Equity Through Reasonable Accommodation in Music Education

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Sanna Kivijärvi
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Researcher and Educator

Sanna Kivijärvi is a doctoral researcher and teacher at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. She has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on accessibility, equity and other policy issues in Finnish music education system and beyond. During the academic year 2019–2020, she worked as a Fulbright visiting scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University and at Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, New York University.  



Pauli Rautiainen
Tampere Unviersity, Associate Professor of Public Law
Pauli Rautiainen, PhD, holds a Title of Docent in Constitutional Law, Law and Welfare and Public Law. His research interests concern inequality and discrimination, human rights, and interaction between law and society. Currently he works as a director of think tank Kalevi Sorsa Foundation.

This presentation will address the matters of justified differential treatment in music education in relation to disability and the concept of reasonable accommodation that is formulated in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). CRPD approaches the social construction of disability from a politicised perspective and declares that refusing to make accommodations results in discrimination. From the perspective of teacher autonomy, this presentation focuses on two aspects of reasonable accommodation: (a) its definition and (b) its implications for music education practice. Responsibility for reasonable accommodation is considered through practical illustrations that address matters such as musical notation and instrument selection. The presentation is based on an article by Sanna Kivijärvi and Pauli Rautiainen (2020), ‘Contesting music education policies through the concept of reasonable accommodation: Teacher autonomy and equity enactment in Finnish music education’, published in the peer-reviewed journal Research Studies in Music Education.

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