Music Education professor adam patrick bell named Canada Research Chair in Music, Inclusion and Accessibility

It comes as no surprise that Music Education professor adam patrick bell's office is full of musical instruments, like the mandolin resting on top of an organ, or the electronic drum kit hooked up to headphones so he can play without the sound reverberating through the fourth floor of Talbot College.

But one of the most meaningful pieces in his office isn’t an instrument; it’s a brightly coloured painting featuring two men playing guitar. The canvas was a gift from a client-turned-friend who inspired bell’s passion for making music inclusive.

That spark grew into a body of work that’s propelled bell to a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Music, Inclusion and Accessibility, one of six Western professors named to the prestigious program on March 13, 2024. He is the first CRC in music to be named at Western.

When asked about his CRC, bell remarked, “I’m feeling really grateful because Western’s music education department is one of the best in the world, and I get this rare privilege to focus on researching pressing issues in my field. I am also a bit nervous and anxious, but in a good way; like before playing a concert, I feel ready to embrace the opportunity because I’ve prepared for it.”

Read full Western News article:
Six new Canada Research Chairs named at Western (March 13, 2024)

Read The Western Gazette (Western's student-led publication) article: 
Western professor named Canada Research Chair in Music (April 4, 2024)

Photo credit: Christopher Kindratsky/Western Communications

Related links:

Government of Canada - Canada Research Chair announcement 

Music Education Department - Don Wright Faculty of Music