Doctoral Colloquium (Music) | Skills-based workshop
The Doctoral Colloquium is open to all. Please note the change of time, date, and location.
Doctoral Colloquium: Professor Kimberley McCord (Illinois State University; Columbia University), Dr. Cynthia Bruce (Concordia University), Jennie Ferries (McGill University), organized by Colin Enright & Margaret de Castro.
Title: What Does Accessibility Look Like in Post-Secondary Music Learning and Teaching
Abstract: A discussion of student accessibility in post-secondary music learning and teaching is timely at the beginning of a school year, especially as a cohort of new students is welcomed to a university program. On Wed., Oct. 18th, the Department of Research graduate colloquium will host a skills-based workshop on developing pedagogical strategies that would encourage learning for all members of the student body. The session will begin with an introductory address given by Kimberley McCord (NYU - Steinhardt) and continue with group discussions which will be facilitated by Cynthia Bruce (Concordia University) and Jennie Ferris of McGill’s Teaching and Learning Services. All students and teachers are cordially invited to attend. The more representation that there is from all members of the Schulich community, the richer and more productive our discussions will be.
Kimberly McCord is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Illinois State University and Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Columbia University and the University of Bridgeport. She teaches special music education, special arts education, and graduate courses. She was an International Society for Music Education (ISME) Board member, founder and first chair of the Jazz Special Interest Group, and is the past chair of the ISME Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine. McCord specializes in Music and Individuals with Specified Learning (Dis)abilities.
Cynthia Bruce is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy and Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University in Montreal. As a blind activist scholar working at the intersection of Critical Disability Studies, Music Therapy, and education, she works to mobilize lived disability knowledge to expose systemic inequity and formulate more just approaches to research and practice. She focuses on accessibility in higher education and on self-advocacy as essential lived knowledge that can generate deep understandings of inequity and elucidate possibilities for progressive change.
Jennie Ferris (MLIS) is an Academic Associate at Teaching and Learning Services, McGill University, where she has worked since 2009. Passionate about supporting teaching and learning in higher education, Jennie works with instructors towards intentional curricular change. Topics of interest include designing equitable and inclusive courses, fostering learning communities, and developing program-level outcomes. In her free time, Jennie loves playing the fiddle.