It's You I Like: Music and Disability in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Amanda R. Draper, 2022-2023 Gretsch Fellow in Children’s Music
Assistant Professor of Music Education, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

As the 2022-2023 Gretsch Music Fellow in Children’s Music, Amanda has been exploring the work and musical legacy of Fred Rogers to highlight the ways in which he celebrated competence and ability. In her own research and practice, she has observed how a focus on children’s strengths in their musical experiences can impact beliefs about ability more broadly. In this presentation, Amanda will share findings from her archival and narrative work examining the intentional ways Fred Rogers approached honoring of disability and difference and how music played a role in that process. She will also offer some practical strategies that educators can use to create more access to learning. Through this work, she hopes to bring attention to ways educators and caregivers may utilize musical participation as a conduit in helping children to be accepting of one another and see each for their capabilities and contributions rather than deficits and disabilities.

This event will be hosted on Zoom and free to all. Click on the button below to register!


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