Adam Patrick Bell

Associate Professor
Music Education
Office: TBD
Phone: (519) 661-2111

Adam Patrick Bell is a prolific scholar whose career has been marked by a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, and in particular, disability justice. His primary research focus lies in the confluence of music, disability studies, and technology, and his background as a music producer and multi-instrumentalist (drum kit, guitar, bass, electronics) informs his scholarship examining accessible ways of making music with technology. Since 2017, Dr. Bell has received four SSHRC grants as a Principal Investigator to support his research on disability-led music-making communities and designing accessible musical instruments.

Dr. Bell comes to Western from the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, music technology, popular music, and research methods. He also served as co-chair of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization Committee, where he co-authored the School’s Action Plan to combat racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination. He is the author of The Music Technology Cookbook: Ready-Made Recipes for the Classroom, and Dawn of the DAW: The Studio As Musical Instrument, both published by Oxford University Press.