This session will include hands on activities to teach music reading, theory and rhythm to all the students in the string ensemble class. In my fifteen years of public school teaching, I have found that the best way to teach a young student to read music is to take the very abstract concepts of music theory and put them right into the hands of the students. I use Play-Doh, toy cars, paddles, balloons and more to make music theory, rhythm training and music reading all-inclusive, and fun for everyone! Come join the fun!
Alphabet Soup: Laws and Best Practices for Inclusion in the Music Class presented by Vivian Gonzalez
The All Inclusive String Ensemble: Activities and Exercises to Make Every Student Succeed in Strings presented by Vivian Gonzalez
Socialization Skill development and student with Autism: Fun with a Purpose! presented by Alice Hammel
Autism and Behavior in the Music Classroom and Ensemble presented by Alice Hammel
Divine Design: Rich Curriculum and Instruction that Support Special Learners in the Music Classroom by Greg Donnellan
The elementary and early childhood music teacher face certain challenges when children with special needs are included in the music class—but no need to panic if you lack experience or knowledge! Let’s turn those challenges into opportunities. Let’s keep music class fun for the students as well as the teacher. What is a child-centered philosophy in regards to including special learners? How do we promote an inclusive approach with active learning and worthwhile experiences (instead of exclusion by passive observing)? What kind of pre-planning do we need to do? How do we build a student-teacher relationship based on trust and safety? The presentation will answer those questions and provide practical suggestions how to adapt music instruction to reach little ones with disabilities pre-school through the elementary years. Stay tuned for Part 2 which provides “tried and true” adapted songs and music activities to enrich your students with exceptionalities as well as their classmates.
You will be provided “tried and true” songs and music activities that are always a HIT for students with exceptionalities, as well as their peers. This session will be a continuation of the first, with a strong focus on practical song and lesson activities, discussion of life from the learne
r’s perspective, and a guide for how to adapt activities with special needs in mind. Songs presented would be appropriate for the self-contained special education classroom. However, typical learners benefit from these activities as well. It is highly recommended that participants attend the first session before the second by not required.
Special Learners with SMART Program
SMART is excited to reflect on a unique partnership between the Music Education and
Music Therapy programs at Baldwin-Wallace College. This interactive session will allow you to engage in a number of activities that creatively combine music and literacy through world cultures. These activities stem from an inner-city program designed and implemented for over 100, 3rd and 4th grade student, by pre-service educators and student music therapists. Over the course of one week, these students were able to significantly raise literacy (fluency) rates, introduce fundamental musical concepts and connect children to quality literature.
Teaching Without Labels by Alice Hammel
Music educators sometimes struggle to apply strategies for students with special needs according to IDEA labels. A label-free approach brings a practical teacher and student-centered paradigm to the classroom. This webinar addresses five domains of learning that can be adapted for use with k-12 students in classrooms and ensembles.