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Speaking for Ourselves: Conversations on Life, Music, and Autism

Michael B. Bakan


Since the advent of autism as a diagnosed condition in the 1940s, the importance of music in the lives of autistic people has been widely observed and researched. Articles on musical savants, extraordinary feats of musical memory and pitch recognition, and music-based therapies and interventions abound in the autism literature. Meanwhile, music historians have posited autism-centered explanatory models to account for the unique musical artistry of everyone from Glenn Gould to “Blind Tom” Wiggins. Given all of this attention, it is surprising how infrequently autistic people have been asked to ... More

Keywords: autism, neurodiversity, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ethnomusicology, music education, music therapy, special education, disability studies, Asperger’s syndrome, autistic self-advocacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190855833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190855833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael B. Bakan, author
Professor, Florida State University