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Pedagogical approaches in music and audio education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Cheng, Lee; McGregor, Iain


Lee Cheng


Learning about music, sound, or audio can present significant challenges for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). Given the advancements in technology and the increasing emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in education, this paper proposes pedagogical approaches aimed at facilitating the learning process for DHH students in the areas of music and audio production. These approaches encompass sound visualisation, haptic feedback, automated transcription, tactics in non-linear editing and digital signal processing. Importantly, these approaches do not necessitate advanced technical skills or substantial additional resources, thus lowering barriers for DHH students to overcome challenges in music and audio production. Furthermore, these strategies would enable content creation and editing for individuals with DHH, who may have previously been excluded from participating in music and audio production. Recommendations are provided for the implementation of these approaches in diverse educational settings to promote the integration of EDI in music and audio education.


Cheng, L., & McGregor, I. (in press). Pedagogical approaches in music and audio education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Organised Sound,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 8, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2024
Print ISSN 1355-7718
Electronic ISSN 1469-8153
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords diversity, equity, inclusion, audio education, music education, deaf, hard of hearing