My students are exceptionally talented and gifted young people with special needs. Their diagnoses range from autism spectrum disorder to having learning, emotional and psychological disabilities. Music and fine arts programs give them a much needed creative outlet where they can freely express themselves and share their abilities in a safe, encouraging and supportive learning community.
My students enjoy participating in music-making exercises using both traditional and nontraditional instruments.
Many of them haven't taken formal lessons and are beginning music students. To better support their learning needs, our department has successfully implemented universal learning design and assisted technology protocols which have strengthened their creative process.
My students have a deep passion for music, performing and creativity. They are gifted with a unique ability to excel in performance without fear of criticism or failure, which isn't typical in most young adults. I am inspired by their courage and sheer joy for life! It is a true privilege to serve them and nurture their development through music and the arts.
Boomwhacker instruments will provide my students with a much needed opportunity to play as an ensemble in their special needs classroom. The majority of my students have limited experience making music in a group and have difficulty reading traditional music notation. Challenges with physical dexterity and fine motor skills present a further obstacle to many of my students who struggle in this area. For these reasons playing traditional instruments can be very difficult. Boomwhacker instruments offer a wonderful opportunity to modify lessons, playing technique and repertoire so students can easily play together. This experience will undoubtedly impact their music education in a most positive way.
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