Alexa Dishroon, Graduate Assistant, Samford University
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This qualitative study explores the experiences of three musicians with diagnosed disabilities or previous medical events. Participant A has a significant hearing impairment. Participant B was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and dyslexia. Participant C is a recoveree of a major stroke. All participate in university-level ensembles or local musical ensembles. The purpose of the study was to collect first-hand accounts of the potential benefits musical participation provides as well as explore evidence of possible accommodations, adaptations, or modifications of musical experiences to make music-making environments accessible to all. The methodology of the study included interviews, gathering and analysis of information, and literature review. This study prioritizes the participant’s perspective, and findings are consistent with academic literature regarding educational supports, music performance, and the neuroscience of music. *This was previously selected for the 2020 conference, but the author was unable to present due to circumstances at the time.