Classroom Instruments for Students With Disabilities
Help me give my students a Metallophone and some colorful tambourines to engage them in learning. The Soprano Metallophone will provide lots of opportunities for playing melodies. Bars are removable, so students can create simple accompaniments too!
The Danish poet, Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” This is the language used every day in adapted music classes for students with disabilities. These special students with severe intellectual and sometimes other disabilities struggle with communication and learning. They need a variety of engaging, multi-sensory experiences that help them accomplish goals and interact with their environment. Adapted music classes provide many of these opportunities. Students learn by doing. With just a little extra help, students participate in singing, moving, playing instruments, and listening activities that address adapted music standards and provide real life, music-making experiences. As students discover and creatively engage in musical activities, they feel successful and have fun!
A variety of interactive instructional strategies, and materials that address the unique needs of students with disabilities is essential.
Multi-sensory activities utilizing technology (such as augmentative voice output devices, computer, iPad, electronic keyboard, boombox, etc.), visuals, tactile objects, and a variety of musical instruments are most effective.
Students with disabilities learn best by experience. In my adapted music classes, students love to participate in music-making activities. The addition of a Soprano Metallophone will provide opportunities for standards-based learning, as students learn about pitch and melody. Since individual bars are removable, students will not be confused and can easily play pentatonic melodies and create simple accompaniments.
Tambourines are already a favorite in our music classroom.
Since several of the instruments have become broken over time, these colorful and durable instruments will be a great addition. We look forward to many enjoyable, and interactive musical experiences using these new instruments.
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