I hold a PhD in Education from the University of British Columbia, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano Performance and Composition from the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia. My current research explores how disability in international piano competitions brings about a productive convergence between musical virtuosity and vulnerability. I serve as a Field Editor on disability issues for the Public Philosophy Journal and am working with Melanie Hibbert-Bown of the Intersectionality Network to heighten awareness of, and responsiveness to issues around inclusion and equity in higher education.


University of British Columbia.

PhD in Education


Dissertation: “Different Eyes, Ears, and Bodies: Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii and the Education of the Sensorium through Musical Performance.”

University of British Columbia.

Master of Music in Composition

University of British Columbia.

Master of Music in Piano Performance

University of Victoria.

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Work Shared in CORE

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Other Publications

Refereed Articles

Honisch, S.S. (2014). “Music…to Cure or Disable: Therapy for Whom?” Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy 14 (3).

Honisch, S.S. (2009a). “The Road to Marginalization is Paved with Good Intentions: In Pursuit of the Rehumanization of Physically Impaired Musicians.” International Journal of Inclusive Education 3, 767-783.

Honisch, S.S. (2009b). Re-narrating Disability through Musical Performance.” Music Theory Online: A Journal of Criticism, Commentary, Research and Scholarship 15 (3–4)

Book Chapters (selected)

Honisch, S.S. (2018).  “Virtuosities of Deafness and Blindness: Musical Performance and the Prized Body.” In Y. Kim and S. Gilman (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190636234.013.9

Honisch, S.S. (2016). “Sound, and Noise as Bodily Disorders.” In S.S. Harvey and R. Raphael (Eds.), Transnational Horror Cinema: Bodies of Excess and the Global Grotesque (pp. 113-131). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Blog Posts (selected)

Honisch, S.S. (2018). “Music First or Disability First?” Public Disability History 3, 4.

Honisch, S.S. (2016). “Deaf-Blindness and the Avid Musical Touch of Helen Keller.” The Avid Listener. W.W. Norton & Company.

Blog Posts


    Canadian Centre on Disability Studies

    Society for Disability Studies

    Society for Philosophy and Disability

    American Musicological Society Music and Disability Study Group

    Society for Music Theory Interest Group on Music and Disability

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