[Smt-talk] Undergraduate Harmony curriculum for a blind student?

Joseph Straus jstraus at gc.cuny.edu
Wed Aug 17 07:03:16 PDT 2011

For general information about including students with disabilities, 
including visual impairment, in the music theory classroom and 
curriculum, SMT members should be aware of the resources provided by the 
SMT Interest Group on Music and Disability.  Please visit our website, 
which includes a list of resources and a forum for consultation with 
colleagues with relevant experience:


Articles by David Pacun and Janna Saslaw in /Music Theory Online/ 15/3-4 
are particularly relevant to the questions posed by Charles Smith.


On 8/16/2011 4:50 PM, Charles J. Smith wrote:
> I know this has come up on the list before, but perhaps not exactly in 
> this form.
> Could anyone recommend or provide contact information for a harmony 
> course (covering essentially the normal two-year undergraduate 
> sequence) that would be accessible for a blind student?
> We're not trying to integrate this student into classroom study; that 
> seems like a feat beyond our abilities, even with the help that might 
> be provided by disability services. Rather the student wants to study 
> on her own for a year or more, in order to pass out of our 
> undergraduate requirements in order to pursue graduate study.
> I'm assuming there must be some kind of audio/Braille course out there 
> somewhere that covers the basics of harmony and voice-leading. I hope 
> my sanguinity isn't misleading me.
> Please reply privately, unless you think the information will be of 
> general interest.
> Thanks all for your attention to this request,
> Charles
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Prof. Charles J. Smith
> Slee Chair of Music Theory & Chair of the Department
> Music Department, 220 Baird Hall, University at Buffalo
> Buffalo, NY 14260
> cjsmith at buffalo.edu <mailto:cjsmith at buffalo.edu>
> Private Office Line: 716-645-0639
> Office Fax: 716-645-3824

Joseph N. Straus
Ph.D. Program in Music
Graduate Center, CUNY

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