Sunday, April 11, 2021
Pre-recorded 20 Minute Session: Advancing Equity Through Reasonable Accommodation in Music Education
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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