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Article

Publication Date

Spring 2006

Abstract

Musicians generally do not divide themselves with respect to their ability to hear. Instead, musicians rally around how or why they create music: players self-assemble under a common genre, instrument, style or type of ensemble. Musicians rarely question how a peer perceives sound if that sound is recognized as musical. However, hearing ability is an important distinction that elucidates important and unobvious opportunities for exploring what music means to musicians. This project is a study of musicians who fall at different places on the continuum that connects hearing and deafness. The goal of this study is to create a starting point for musicians to explore how others who share their passion can approach and perceive music in radically different ways.

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