Dr. Ellen Waterman

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Affiliation: Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design University, IICSI
Presentation: Participatory Workshop
Title: AUMI Sings: Using adaptive technology to facilitate inclusive participation across all abilities in a choral setting
Abstract: AUMI Sings provides choral music-making opportunities for individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. This participatory workshop will provide a brief history of the AUMI interface, the research goals and methodology of the AUMI Sings research project, and invite participants to improvise together in a choral setting using AUMI.

Biography: Ellen Waterman is Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As an artist/scholar, her research interests range across improvisation, contemporary performance, gender, sound and ecology. With Gillian Siddall, she is co-editor of Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound and Subjectivity (Duke 2016). Waterman is an executive member and Memorial site coordinator for the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant). She developed the Improvisation Tool Kit (2010) drawing together insights from community-engaged projects with youth-at-risk and children with disabilities to create a free online resource for teaching improvisation. Waterman also participates in an international research project to develop the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) software interface, a musical instrument that enables people who have very limited controlled (voluntary) movement to independently engage in music making.