Music for Special Learners

Dr. Elise S. Sobol, NYSSMA Chair, Music for Special Learners

Introduction

In this digital information age, it is crucial that educators have access to information to help critically manage their classrooms and shape the highest levels of instruction for a wide variety of learners. Since 1993, as Special Learners Chair, I have has listened closely to the needs of membership and worked to shape significant professional development sessions at the NYSSMA Winter Conferences to meet the needs of our educators. A listing of these special learner workshop sessions and clinicians from past NYSSMA Winter Conferences are included on this website for reference. The depth and breadth of the session topics on teaching special learners can be most useful to instructional leaders in planning Superintendents Conference Days or other in-service professional development days. Included also in the website are publications that I have written in service to our profession as author and contributing author, recommended websites for teaching students with special needs, and other references to support best practices for inclusive classrooms. I hope that the compilation of information on this Special Learners website will be a helpful go-to resource for school district personnel in music classroom and performance settings. Materials will be added periodically. For further information and questions, do not hesitate to contact [email protected]. I am here to help you be the best that you can be in my field of expertise.

Sincerely,

Elise

Elise S. Sobol, Ed.
NYSSMA Chair, Music for Special Learners                                                                                          
NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award 2012

 

 

2009 Winter Conference Special Learner Session Descriptions 

2011 Winter Conference Special Learner Session Descriptions

2014 Winter Conference Special Learner Session Descriptions

2015 Winter Conference Special Learner Session Descriptions

2016 Winter Conference Special Learner Session Descriptions

 

Contact Dr. Elise S. Sobol, Chairperson [email protected] for handouts, further links articles and resources.

 

 

Publications as Author

 

Sobol, E. S. (August 1994). Music Success for Special Learners, Inclusion Buzzword
of Hope for the Future! New York: New York State Council of Educational Associations.

Sobol, E. S. (September 1994). “The Red, Green, Yellow, Songin NYSSMA Notes.
Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (January 1995). Assembly Programs in NYSSMA Notes.
Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (March 1995). “Music Success for Special Learners.” in
School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (May/June 1995). “Music and the Mouse.” In NYSSMA Notes.
Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (November 1995). “Magic Microphone and Awesome Video Camera.” in
NYSSMA Notes. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (February 1997). “It Depends on Y.O.U.” in NYSSMA Notes. Westbury, NY:
New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (December 1998). “Loud, Louder, Loudest.” in School Music News.
Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

 Sobol, E. S. (October 1999). “Communication through Music: A Language beyond
Words” in School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (August 2001). “Is That Your Joanna There? The Musical Rhythmic Intelligence.
How Fantastic!” School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E. S. (December 2001). “Instructional Music Teaching for Special Learners”
School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Sobol, E.S. (2001). An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners
Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press

E. S. (2004). “Loud, Louder, Loudest-Teaching the Dynamics of Life.” in Spotlight on
Making Music with Special Learners. Reston, VA: MENC: The National Association for Music Education, 68–71.