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The New Wave: Sound Production and Special Needs
My students need music development software through use of a digital audio workstation (DAW) as well as a USB keyboard through which they may input music.
Shakespeare famously said that "if music be the food of life, play on." But Shakespeare was referring to flutes and viols. Shakespeare did not have synthesizers or heavy hiphop beats. Surely if he did, he would be like my students: fixated on music that is contemporarily appropriate.
I teach at a high school in one of the most diverse cities in America.
I mentioned my students have special needs. This makes them no different from other students with the exception that they may need a boost where others may not. They may have trouble reading, or they may be visually impaired, or they may have a developmental disability which precludes them from being able to decode as well as many others do. But that does not mean they cannot communicate. My students are hyper-emotional and uber-resourceful like most any child would be in high school. They respond extremely well to aural stimuli, and I want to offer them an opportunity to capitalize on that.
My students may have trouble deciphering symbols that we call letters and processing them into bigger pictures. But with the beautiful art of music, there is no need for that. With high-power programs like FL Studio and Protools, along with a keyboard with which students can input music, a student can create music that allows them to reach out to their peers in the following ways. Maybe a student will need to summarize Romeo and Juliet and would want to express that through a beauteous love theme countered by the sound of dissonance between two families, all the while rapping the story above the music. Maybe a student will want to help his or her classmates memorize the quadratic formula through an ingenious beat and an infectious mnemonic tone. Maybe a student will be able to more adequately express an artistic project through sound rather than through something visual. With my guidance, a student will be able to have a musical avenue with which they may express their individuality.
Help my students have the freedom of speech, the freedom to choose their manner of expression.
You and I can guide them to a new art form where they can let their imaginations grow free. Let us allow for a new Shakespeare to come forth within the minds of these students: help me let them express their aural sounds.
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