Jaclyn Heyen

Jaclyn Heyen


Research and Publications

Adaptive Music Technology

Jaclyn imagines a world of accessibility to all people, especially accessibility in creating art and music. Jaclyn was able to work on the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) Project from the Deep Listening Institute from January 2010 until hitting the road in October of 2012. AUMI has brought music improvisation into the lives of people who had not had the opportunity to create music. Learn more about the AUMI project and software here.

Publications and Interviews

Elliott, R. (2016, May10). Episode #39 – Adaptave Use Technology (archive conversation). Sound It Out.

Oliveros, P., Rolnick, N., Sun Kim, C., Tomaz, C., Whalen, D., Miller, L., Heyen, J., "Stretched Boundaries: Improvisation Across Abilities." Negotiated Moments: Improvisation and Subjectivity. Ed. Siddall, G., Waterman, E.. Duke University Press, 2016

Oliveros, P., Miller, L., Heyen, J., Siddall, G., Hazard, S. (July 2011) Music Improvisation Interface for People With Severe Physical Disabilities. In ​Music and Medicine​. 3: 172­181. 

Heyen, J. (2009). Women Innovators: Technology­Based Music Therapy. In ​Proceedings of International Computer Music Conference. 


Oliveros, P., Waterman, E. Tucker, S., Siddall, G., Miller, L., Heyen, J.(June 2012). Panel Discussion on Accessibility/Adaptive Use. Montreal­McGillICASP Conference. Skin­Surface­Circuit. 

Heyen, J. (2012, February). ​Improvisation Across Abilities: Adaptive Use Musical Instruments. SEAMUS 2012, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI.  

Oliveros, P., Heyen, J. (2012, January​). Stretched Boundaries: Connecting Across Abilities, Networks and Practices​. New Music Networking Forum, Vancouver, BC. 

Heyen, J. (2011, June). ​Wheelchair Parking on the Dancefloor: Creating Space for People with Disabilities in Electroacoustic Music. ​Presentation at EMS11, New York, NY. 

Oliveros, P., Waterman, E. Tucker, S., Siddall, G., Miller, L., Josa­Jones, P, Heyen, J.(2011, June), Stretched Boundaries Concert & Panel​, EMS11, New York, NY  

Oliveros, P., Miller, L., Heyen, J. (2010, November). ​Music Improvisation Software: An Interface for People with Disabilities. ​Workshop at AMTA’s 2010 Conference: ​Rock Out of the Past and Roll into the Future With Music Therapy. ​Cleveland, Ohio.  

Oliveros, P., Miller, L., Heyen, J. (2010, September). ​Music Improvisation Software: An Interface for People with Disabilities. ​NJIT Technology And Society Forum. Newark, New Jersey.  

Oliveros, P., Tucker, S., Waterman, E., Siddall, G., Miller, L., Heyen, J., Josa­Jones, P., Hazard, S. (2010, September). ​Music Improvisation Software: An Interface for People with Disabilities. Panel/Workshop presented at Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.   

Heyen, J. (2009, May). ​Women Innovators: Technology­Based Music Therapy.Music 10, Greensboro, NC. Heyen, J. (2009, March). ​Women Innovators: Technology­Based Music Therapy. Florida International  University's 8​th​ Annual Women's Studies Conference. Miami, FL.           

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