School of Music


Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)


Samantha R. Miller


Music, Low Vision, Sight-singing, Education, Music Literacy


Education | Music | Music Education


Students enter the private or public-school system with a wide variety of emotional, mental, and physical impairments that impact their confidence, self-esteem, and overall path to their future. One misunderstood and under-represented population of students are those who are not fully blind but fall under the category of low vision. Since the low vision spectrum is wide, students must advocate for themselves according to their unique visual condition. While some students may be nearsighted, others may experience color blindness, tunnel vision, a wide variety of partial blindness in one or both eyes, and more. If educators are not aware of a student's slight visual impairment and students are not comfortable advocating for themselves, students could be missing out on fully exploring their passion and aptitude for music. This study will examine the existing research on the array of low vision impairments and how to help sixth-grade students understand and overcome their impairments using tailored techniques to successfully meet their goals of sight-singing music. A twelve-week curriculum is provided to guide music educators as they help low vision sixth-grade students meet musical goals despite their visual impairment.