Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label Free Approach

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label Free Approach

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label Free Approach

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label Free Approach

Synopsis

A practical guide & reference manual, Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs addresses special needs in the broadest possible sense to equip teachers with proven, research-based curricular strategies that are grounded in both best practice and current special education law. Chapters address the full range of topics and issues music educators face including parental involvement, student anxiety, field trips and performances, and assessment strategies. The book concludes with an up-to-date section of resources and technology information.

Excerpt

The concept of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach was developed from our travels teaching and presenting seminars, in-services, and clinics at the national, regional, and local level as well as our communications with music educators about their challenges in the classroom. In addition, we both currently teach students with special needs. We have found that many music teachers find themselves teaching either in classrooms that include students with disabilities or in dedicated self-contained classrooms without the support they need. There is a large gap that exists in our methods content in the area of research-grounded best practice approaches to teaching students with special needs.

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach is designed for faculty, in-service music administrators, in-service music teachers, and pre-service music teachers. It is designed as a comprehensive manual and reference guide that introduces those in the field of music education to best practices when teaching music to students with special needs. It includes research-based strategies for methods courses, and professional development. In addition, this text will address curricular strategies for methods teachers as well as in-service music educators. This information is grounded in research, special education law, and best practice.

A LABEL-FREE APPROACH

A focus of this book is that a student with special needs is an individual who deserves a music education that is free of labels. The philosophical premise of a label-free approach is centered in the preservation of the individual personhood of each student. Through this approach, music educators will be able to gain and advocate for support, understand their rights and responsibilities, and offer an affective and effective music education for students with and without special needs. This includes learning strategies for effective collaboration with special educators, teacher educators, and classroom teachers. We also include curriculum development ideas, lesson plan . . .

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