The Disabled Performer

  • Howard A. Bird


At first sight, physical disability, especially one involving the musculo-skeletal system, would seem to be a disadvantage for the performer, particularly for one in the professional category. This may also be more true of dancers than of musicians. This chapter refutes that supposition, by reference to the case histories of two musicians. The first describes the expertise needed for the rehabilitation of a professional trumpeter who had an acute stroke. The second describes a folk singer and guitarist who proceeded to a near full time career after an accident that transected his spinal cord. Finally a dance company is discussed that innovatively employs disabled dancers alongside those without disability.


Spinal Cord Transection Professional Category Mental Health Administrator Disc Bulge Full Time Career 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard A. Bird
    • 1
  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

Personalised recommendations