photo of Japanese Jiuta, So player, and composer Miyagi Michio

Miyagi Michio

Mission statement

The SMT Interest Group on Music and Disability seeks to foster conversation among musicians about music-historical and music-theoretical issues related to disability, drawing on recent developments in the new, interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies. The group also serves as an advocate for greater accessibility in all areas of music theory scholarship and pedagogy.


  • The group sponsors and plans invited presentations, discussion forums, performances, special topic sessions, as well as workshops to be held at the Annual Meeting of SMT as well as other conferences.
  • It has established a partnership program to pair interested individuals (faculty and graduate students) for the purpose of sharing stories, ideas, and information about living in academia with a disability, and it also provides guidance and resources for classroom teachers.

Online presence and discussion

An extensive web site,, features bibliographies and news items related to music and disability, as well as substantial resources for teachers of students with disabilities.

How to join

Any SMT member can become a member of the Music and Disability Interest Group. There are two ways to join: 1) simply attend our meetings at annual SMT meetings to participate, or 2) complete a short membership form.

Leadership and Contact Info
Chair Chantal Lemire (2022)
Co-chair Demi Nicks (2022-2024)