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University of Michigan Press
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Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) brings together scholars, musicians, and family members of people with disabilities to  collectively recount years of personal experiences, research, and perspectives on the societal and community impact of inclusive musical improvisation. One of the lesser-known projects of composer, improviser, and humanitarian, Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016), the AUMI was designed as a liberating and affordable alternative to the constraints of instruments created only for normative bodies, thus opening a doorway for people of all ages, genders, abilities, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds to access artistic practice with others. More than a book about AUMI, this book is an invitation to readers to use AUMI in their own communities. 

This book, which contains wisdom from many who have been affected by their work with the instrument and the people who use it, is a representation of how music and extemporized performance have touched the lives and minds of scholars and families alike. Not only has AUMI provided the opportunity to grow in listening to others who may speak differently (or not at all), but it has been used as an avenue for a diverse set of people to build friendships with others whom they may have never otherwise even glanced at in the street. By providing a space for every person who comes across AUMI to perform, listen, improvise, and collaborate, the continuing development of this instrument contributes to a world in which every person is heard, welcomed, and celebrated.

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  1. Past and Former Members of the AUMI Research Consortium
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  1. Past and Former Members of the AUMI Research Consortium
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Section I: Dreaming of AUMI
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  1. Chapter 1. Going Deep
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  1. Chapter 2. From Punk Philosophy to Musical Accessibility
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  1. Chapter 2. From Punk Philosophy to Musical Accessibility
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  1. Chapter 3. My Transformation into a Masterpiece Musical Instrument and Musician
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  1. Chapter 3. My Transformation into a Masterpiece Musical Instrument and Musician
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  1. Chapter 3. My Transformation into a Masterpiece Musical Instrument and Musician
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  1. Chapter 4. The Gift of Expression
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  1. Chapter 4. The Gift of Expression
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  1. Chapter 4. The Gift of Expression
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  1. Chapter 5. AUMI as a Model for Social Justice
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  1. Chapter 5. AUMI as a Model for Social Justice
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  1. Chapter 5. AUMI as a Model for Social Justice
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  1. Chapter 6. The Dream of AUMI
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  1. Section II: Software for All People, Improvising AUMI’s Development
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  1. Chapter 7. AUMI in the Context of Adaptive Music
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  1. Chapter 8. AUMI among the ADMIs
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  1. Chapter 8. AUMI among the ADMIs
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  1. Chapter 9. AUMI Development and Developers
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  1. Chapter 10. AUMI Technology Development at McGill (2012–2019)
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  1. Chapter 10. AUMI Technology Development at McGill (2012–2019)
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  1. Chapter 11. How Adaptive, How Useful? Technological Design Solutions in AUMI for iOS
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  1. Chapter 11. How Adaptive, How Useful? Technological Design Solutions in AUMI for iOS
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  1. Chapter 12. Pauline’s World of Virtuosos
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  1. Section IIIa: Part 1, AUMI Communities
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  1. Chapter 13. Exploring AUMI’s Potential in the Thunder Bay Community
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  1. Chapter 14. Building and Sustaining Ethical Communities Together
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  1. Chapter 15. There’s No Place Like AUMI
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  1. Chapter 15. There’s No Place Like AUMI
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  1. Chapter 15. There’s No Place Like AUMI
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  1. Chapter 16. Love, Actually
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  1. Chapter 17. Wooden Snapdragon
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  1. Chapter 18. Improvising Inclusive Communities
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  1. Chapter 19. Sending and Receiving
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  1. Chapter 20. Communities of Generosity and Gratitude
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  1. Section IIIb: Part 2, AUMI Performance
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  1. Chapter 21. WAAM + AUMI
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  1. Chapter 22. “To Me, Dance Is a Home”
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  1. Chapter 23. “I Am Here”
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  1. Chapter 24. AUMI, Theremin, and Sonic Witnessing
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  1. Chapter 25. AUMI in Practice
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  1. Chapter 25. AUMI in Practice
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  1. Chapter 25. AUMI in Practice
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  1. Chapter 26. Knowing as Feeling
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  1. Section IVa: Part 1, AUMI Classrooms
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  1. Chapter 27. Working with AUMI in Classroom Settings in a Center School for Students with Severe Cognitive and Physical Challenges
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  1. Chapter 28. AUMI and “Improvise Approach” Backing Tracks
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  1. Chapter 29. AUMI and the Ethics of Technology
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  1. Section IVb: Part 2, AUMI and Music Therapy
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  1. Chapter 30. Clinical Applications Using AUMI in Music Therapy Practice
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  1. Chapter 31. Use of AUMI in Clinical Music Therapy for Hospitalized Patients with Complex Neurological Disabilities
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  1. Chapter 31. Use of AUMI in Clinical Music Therapy for Hospitalized Patients with Complex Neurological Disabilities
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  1. Chapter 31. Use of AUMI in Clinical Music Therapy for Hospitalized Patients with Complex Neurological Disabilities
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  1. Chapter 32. AUMI and Musical Empowerment in a Pediatric Environment
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  1. Section V: Dreaming AUMI Futures
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  1. Chapter 33. Dream Music
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  1. Chapter 34. Dreaming AUMI’s Future
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  1. Editorial Team and Chapter Contributors
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  1. Index
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