2014 Winter Conference Special Learner Session Descriptions

2014 Special Learner Sessions, Dr. Elise S. Sobol, State Chair
NYSSMA® 79th Annual Winter Conference, Rochester, New York


Making Connections: Using Music to Make Artistic, Interdisciplinary and Life-Long Connections

Mr. Brian Wagner, Clinician

Friday, December 5, 2014 CC Aqueduct CD 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Come hear how a young music teacher uses music to build important life-long connections for special learners. See how music can connect to life skills, social skills, in addition to Common Core Learning Standards. Participants will receive a handout and resources that can be implemented into their own classroom.


Academic Improvement for Students with Significant Disabilities

Dr. Janice Smith, Chair Research Dr. Elise S. Sobol, Clinician

Friday, December 5, 2014 Radisson Lilac, 10:15-11:30 a.m.

Innovative music research study with high school aged special education students with autism spectrum disorders demonstrates successful process to raise academic achievement. Techniques applicable all grades.


Inclusive Music Teaching: Literacy, Composition, and Improvisation in the K-5 Classroom

Ms. Gina Costanza and Mr. Brian Wagner, Clinicians

Friday, December 5, 2014 CC Cascade ABC 1:00-2:15 p.m.

co-sponsored by Classroom Teaching

An exciting session showcasing dynamic features of two experienced teachers’ music programs for special learners. Come see how music literacy, composition, and improvisational skills can be incorporated in the K-5 inclusion and self-contained classroom. Participants will leave with activities and handouts to use immediately for their own classrooms

Teaching and Learning for Students with Dyslexia

Mr. Dustin Boxer, Clinician

Friday, December 5, 2014 CC Cascade EF 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Presenter will lead participants in an interactive session on issues that directly affect teaching and learning for music students with dyslexia. Come to better understand that this disorder influences abilities in listening, memory, motor control, reading, spatial/temporal issues, spelling and writing. Learn beneficial instructional strategies. Suitable for K-12 teachers/administrators.



IPAD Performance for School Music Inclusion Programs

Mr. Adam Goldberg, Clinician

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Radisson Silver 10:15-11:30 a.m.

Clinician will present a step by step process for whole class participation in IPAD Ensemble Performance Session includes suggestions for successful ongoing assessment and actual hands on practice. Varied repertoire in mixed styles demonstrated. Suitable for teaching at all grade levels.