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Music selection

Music selection

Music can impact people’s perceptions.

Two types of music can be particularly problematic.

Pity music

For example, using sad music when people are discussing the birth of a child with disability, or a person acquiring disability. Doing so frames these events as ‘tragic’.

Heroic or triumphant music

This can be patronising if it stereotypes people with disability as ‘inspirational’.

Provided by:
Department of Human Services
Last Updated:
12 Aug 2020
Printed on:
06 Jun 2023
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