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Life Histories of Finding ‘My Way’ through Music Activities by Female Musicians with Visual Impairments

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2019, 20(2), pp.275-297
  • DOI : 10.19049/JSPED.2019.20.2.11
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education
  • Received : May 9, 2019
  • Accepted : June 20, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

Park Hye Young 1

1고신대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to examine the lives of female musicians with visual impairments (FMVI) via the life history method. For this, the researcher conducted in-depth interviews with seven FMVI (aged from 31 to 45) residing in S and G province. The data analysis considered three facets of life history proposed by Mandelbaum: dimensions, turning points, and adaptations. As a result, among three dimensions of life, most participants suggested that mothers, teachers, and music groups are the most important dimensions of their lives. In regards to turning points, choosing music has enabled them to accept and overcome their impairments. With respect to adaptation, the participants appear to have constantly strived for becoming as FMVI, not as visually impaired female musicians, through vigorous musical activities. This implies that it needs to be considered practical, long-term public support for them to achieve their final goals, that is, 'finding my way through music' in areas of social systems, policies, and education.

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