Expert Listening and Deaf Culture with Jessica A. Holmes

Season 2, Episode 5

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When we think about music and deafness, it’s often through the lens of Beethoven: the mythological figure who overcomes his hearing loss to compose great music. But members of the d/Deaf community often talk less about hearing loss than about deaf gain.  And we can gain a lot from understanding the wide range of methods through which d/Deaf people engage with, create, and listen to music. A conversation with musicologist Jessica A. Holmes, who researches the relationship between music and disability, including the listening expertise found in d/Deaf culture.

Jessica A. Holmes is a lecturer of musicology at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, and will be starting a new position this June as Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Department of Arts & Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

If you’re interested in learning more about Professor Holmes’s work, you can follow her on Twitter at @hessicajolmes and check out:

Sound Expertise is hosted by Will Robin (@seatedovation), and produced by D. Edward Davis (@warmsilence). Please subscribe via Apple PodcastsStitcher, and/or Spotify. Questions or comments? Email williamlrobin@ gmail

A written transcript of this episode is available here; many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!