Special Ed Music Program
The purpose of the project was to create a fully inclusive performance based music program that pairs students with special needs and physical disabilities with general ed students who have never before enjoyed a performance opportunity.
Playing a musical instrument engages us mentally, physically and emotionally like no other activity and bond performers in a unique way. We wanted all of our students, regardless of ability, to benefit from this process.
Performance now includes handbells, Orff instruments, boomwhackers and bucket drums.
Specific Budget Breakdown
New or recurring project?Recurring
How did you update/change this project from its previous occurrence?
Measurement of the success/effectiveness of this project?
Success was further measured by observation and by audience response. We deemed our class successful by the knowledge rolled forward with returning students. We deem the class successful by the encouraging results of student response and our administrations desire for the class to continue and by the school district showing interest in the class being duplicated at other sites.
We asked the question at the beginning, “will a class like this improve knowledge and understanding between the peers, will music be of a benefit to them?” When you observe student who are “normal” bonding with others who are learning or physically disabled, when you see students who are medically fragile respond to the sound and activity of music you know you are being successful.
Advice for someone looking to replicate this project in their own community?