Semester of Graduation

Spring 2022


Master of Music Education (MME)


College of Music

Document Type



The purpose of this case study was to investigate the learning environment and the teaching methodologies of teachers at a state school for the visually impaired. Data collection included interviews and observations with field notes with two teachers at LSVI (one music and one non-music teacher) and an interview with a member of the administration. The semi-structured interviews and observations took place in three phases: 1) preliminary interviews in which the participants answered questions about goals for their classrooms, background information, common strategies/methods/tools that they have at their disposal, 2) observations of a class/classes with each of the teachers, 3) follow-up interviews with the teachers. In addition to interview and observation data, a researcher field-note journal was kept to document real time reactions, thoughts, and questions. The analysis of this data resulted in three primary themes emerging: 1) community, 2) Assistive Technology, and 3) Ability vs. Disability. These themes were also the basis for an in-depth discussion about the visually impaired experience at this particular state school, with focus on braille sheet music and inclusivity, and representation within the teaching profession.

Committee Chair

Bowers, Jason