Interview – Resources provided by Andrew Dell’Antonio

As part of the podcast series, “ArtsAbly in Conversation,” Diane Kolin interviewed Andrew Dell’Antonio, Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Head of the Musicology and Ethnomusicology Division of the Butler School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

A white man with grey hair wearing glasses, a blue suit, a white short and a lavender tie, smiling at the camera.

This post presents the resources that he mentioned during the conversation.

Andrew Dell’Antonio

Andrew Dell’Antonio (he/him/his) specializes in musical repertories of early modern Europe, with a focus on seventeenth-century Italy. His research interests include musical historiography, reception history, and disability studies. Partly spurred by his personal experience of neurodivergence, he has recently turned his focus to Universal Design for Learning and related critical approaches to anti-racism, anti-ableism, and intersectional equity / inclusion in higher education music pedagogy. The academic page also includes a video presentation with closed captions.

Visit Andrew Dell’Antonio’s academic page

Visit Andrew Dell’Antonio’s personal website

The Care in the Academy project

This this Mellon-funded project focuses on prioritizing care in academia. They hope to build a community around care in academia. Email them, join in the conversation on X (formerly Twitter) or other social media sites (#CITA), and share with colleagues and friends.

Visit The Care in the Academy Substack page

University of Texas at Austin project: “Building Rigorously Compassionate Syllabi”

This project seeks to revitalize the syllabus document as a tool of inclusion. The collaborative team is interested in making visible the “hidden curriculum” with which students often struggle. The syllabus language, grading and attendance policies, communication and assignment fulfillment methods, course calendar flexibility, course material formats – these can all contribute to developing personal accountability and investment in community. Their project will assemble multiple cohorts of faculty and assistant instructors to contribute ideas and experiment with tactics in their syllabi and pedagogy, refining as they iterate.

Visit the “Building Rigorously Compassionate Syllabi” project page

Book: Improvising across abilities : Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument

Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) brings together scholars, musicians, and family members of people with disabilities to  collectively recount years of personal experiences, research, and perspectives on the societal and community impact of inclusive musical improvisation. One of the lesser-known projects of composer, improviser, and humanitarian, Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016), the AUMI was designed as a liberating and affordable alternative to the constraints of instruments created only for normative bodies, thus opening a doorway for people of all ages, genders, abilities, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds to access artistic practice with others. More than a book about AUMI, this book is an invitation to readers to use AUMI in their own communities. 

More information and access to Improvising across abilities on WorldCat

Reba Wissner

Reba Wissner is assistant professor of musicology at Columbus State University. She holds a BA in Music and Italian from Hunter College of the City University of New York, an MFA and PhD in musicology, from Brandeis University, a graduate certificate in higher education administration from Northeastern University, and a graduate certificate in Instructional Design from University of Wisconsin – Stout. She is the author of A Dimension of Sound: Music in The Twilight Zone (Pendragon Press, 2013), We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits and the Aural Imagination (Pendragon Press, 2016), and Music and the Atomic Bomb on American Television, 1950-1969 (Peter Lang, 2020). With Katherine Reed, she co-edited Music in Twin Peaks: Listen to the Sounds (Routledge, 2021). Her monograph, David Lynch: Sonic Style is under contract with Routledge.

Visit Reba Wissner’s academic page

Sarah E. Silverman

Sarah E. Silverman is an educator focusing on instructional design, disability studies, and educational technology. She currently teaches Women’s Studies and Disability Studies at University of Michigan, Dearborn and Goodwin University. She has previously done faculty development work at UM Dearborn, UW Madison, and UC Davis, and is now an independent faculty developer and instructional designer. As part of that work she regularly present talks and workshops to other educators on topics related to disability, neurodiversity, and pedagogy more broadly.

Visit Sarah E. Silverman’s website

Read her article about “access friction” in teaching

Elizabeth McLain

Elizabeth McLain is Assistant Professor of Musicology and Director of Disability Studies at Virginia Tech. She completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Musicology at the University of Michigan. A proud Hokie, McLain earned a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in History at Virginia Tech.

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Gaelynn Lea

Since winning NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, Gaelynn Lea has captivated audiences around the world with her haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. Over the years, she has collaborated and performed with many notable artists such as Michael Stipe (REM), The Decemberists, Wilco, LOW, and the industrial rock supergroup Pigface. In 2022, Gaelynn Lea composed and recorded the original score for Macbeth on Broadway, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga. Thanks to a recent Whippoorwill Arts Fellowship, her theatrically-inspired soundtrack is set to be released in Spring 2025. A tour for this new album, Music from Macbeth, will take place in the UK soon afterwards. Music aside, Gaelynn Lea is a sought-after public speaker about accessibility in the arts. She has been featured on PBS NewsHour, On Being with Krista Tippett, The Moth Radio Hour, The Science of Happiness Podcast, and via two widely-viewed TEDx Talks.

Visit Gaelynn Lea’s website

Steph Ban

Stephanie (Steph) Ban is an independent scholar and disability rights activist. Her work explores disability in both the 20thcentury United States and, more recently, the 18thcentury French Enlightenment. Steph’s scholarly interests include the history of disability activism, the place of disability in historical memory, and histories of neurodivergence (broadly conceptualized). She has presented at conferences in several disciplines, including history, disability studies, and musicology. Her work can be found inThe Activist History Review and Disability Studies Quarterly.

A couple essays by Steph Ban:

Read the paper “Against Cure and Toward Access in Musical Engagement”

Watch the video presentation “An Initial Exploration of Autistic, Synesthetic Queer Listening”