MTSNYS Graduate Student Workshop

Accommodating Differences in the Classroom and Beyond
Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago)
Friday, 13 April 2018

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Graduate Student Workshop, held the evening before the conference, will be led by Professor Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago). The topic of this year’s workshop is “Accommodating Differences in the Classroom and Beyond.”

Workshop Details
Musically talented humans come in a range of bodies and abilities. Many or most of us have (or will) encounter students who need accommodations to succeed in our classes, spurring us to consider questions such as: What is essential about this skill, and what creates an unnecessary barrier? Are there various ways my students can demonstrate mastery? How can I create a more inclusive classroom environment? Jennifer Iverson, Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory at the University of Chicago, will lead a philosophical and practical workshop that considers several issues around dis/ability and accommodation. Participants will read and discuss the work of authors including Lennard Davis, Andrew Solomon, Joseph Straus, and Will Cheng, who interrogate the foundational beliefs that shape our principles and practices. Iverson will provide an overview of practical resources for making accommodations, as well as an introduction to Universal Design. Finally, participants will work together to develop responses to various real or hypothetical scenarios in which students need accommodations. Participants will leave with practical suggestions and tools, plus inspiration to continue adjusting their own attitudes, course policies, and pedagogies.

All full-time students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in music are eligible to apply. Those accepted must be members of MTSNYS at the time of the conference to participate. Applications should consist of two documents: (1) a brief letter of interest, and (2) a note of support from a faculty member that addresses the applicant’s eligibility and qualifications.  For this seminar-style workshop, participation is capped at 15. Participants will be randomly selected by drawing from the pool of eligible applicants. Applications for the workshop should be sent to by December 2017, 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

About Professor Iverson
“Jennifer Iverson is a scholar of twentieth-century music, with a special emphasis on electronic music, avant-gardism, sound studies, and disability studies. Jennifer’s research explores the interaction between bodies, technologies, and sound, drawing together music analysis, archival research, and cultural history. Jennifer’s book, Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde, under contract with Oxford University Press, analyzes the cultural impact of mid-century electronic music produced in and around the WDR studio in Cologne, Germany. In particular, the electronic music studio provided a crucial space to reclaim wartime technology and ideas and put them to artistic use. The electronic studio also engendered a paradigm of invisible collaboration, where composers, technicians, scientists, and performers worked in a laboratory-like environment to develop a shared framework of ideas that applied to both electronic and acoustic musical compositions. Related articles appear in the journals Tempo, Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, Music Analysis, twentieth-century music, and Music Theory Spectrum.

Jennifer’s second research area is disability studies, which analyzes historical and cultural ideas about disabled bodies. Along this line, she has written about Bjork’s oeuvre, the film Dancer in the Dark, and the disabled body in electronic music in venues such as the Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies (Oxford, 2015), Sounding Off (Routledge, 2006), and the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

In the 2015-16 academic year, Jennifer was an External Faculty Fellow in residence at the Stanford Humanities Center. Jennifer currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in the Department of Music and on the Council of the American Musicological Society. She previously led the Disability and Music Interest Group and served on the Accessibility Committee and on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum within the Society for Music Theory. Jennifer taught at the University of Iowa from 2009 – 2015.”1

For information on our 2018 Keynote Speaker, please visit here.
For information on our 2018 Call for Papers, please visit here.

1. “Jennifer Iverson,” University of Chicago Department of Music Directory, accessed September 15, 2017,