Presented by the Stan Getz Library and the Music Therapy Department, special guest David Baker of the University of London will share information about the longstanding traditions of blind musicianship across the world and the life experiences of today's visually impaired musicians. Following Baker’s presentation, Berklee faculty member Chi Kim will briefly describe the Assistive Music Technology Program for Visually Impaired Students at Berklee.
Baker has a bachelor's from University College, Cardiff and a master's of music and a doctoral degree from Reading University. He is a trumpeter and associate of the Royal College of Music, London. His recent pursuits have embraced research into musicians' life histories, visual impairment and music making, music service provision, conceptions of musical ability in primary school, and playing by ear. Baker has published articles in journals such as the British Journal of Music Education and the International Journal of Music Education. He currently works as a visiting research associate in the Department of Culture, Communication, and Media at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Kim has a bachelor of music degree from Berklee as well as a master of music degree from New York University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Music Therapy Department at Berklee, teaching assistive music technology to students, enabling them to record audio or write scores using computers.