Toward 'Little Victories' in music education: troubling ableism through signed-singing and d/Deaf musicking

Warren Churchill, Clare Hall

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This chapter is about d/Deaf music-making and the problematics of singing in sign language. The discussion troubles inclusion in music education by drawing connections between deaf music-making and constructions of who is considered dis/abled. Employing Deaf studies, disability theorizing, and the sociological work of Christopher Small and Lucy Green, this digital ethnography examines two US examples of contemporary signed-singing. The authors argue that the musical agency of deaf signed-singing in the context of the global disablement induced by the COVID-19 pandemic resists deficit narratives of Deaf culture. This provokes a fresh discussion about what abled society and music education has to learn from listening to d/Deaf musicking. The chapter links to audiovisual explanations of signed-singing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociological Thinking in Music Education
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Intersections
EditorsCarol Frierson-Campbell, Clare Hall, Sean Robert Powell, Guillermo Rosabal-Coto
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780197600979, 9780197600986
ISBN (Print)9780197600962
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • sociology of education
  • music learning and teaching practices
  • Deafness

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