Music for Special Learners

Now, more than ever, our students with special needs require as much support and assistance as possible. Our special learners may be struggling to understand and grasp the new reality during covid-19. Many of our students may be distraught by the disruption in their daily routines, and transitioning from learning in person to learning remotely. Nevertheless, we will continue to provide high-quality musical instruction for our students, and use music as the tool to help our students cope with all of these changes. We will continue to learn together as educators, and share best practices when it comes to working with our special learners, in order to help our students thrive. We will also continue to provide inclusive opportunities for all of our students and individuals with special needs. 

I hope to see you at our upcoming 85th NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, and look forward to supporting our students with special needs in New York State. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at brianwagneryeung@gmail.com.

Brian J. Wagner-Yeung                                                                                                                                                            NYSSMA Special Learners Chair

 

Previous NYSSMA Special Learner Sessions                                                      2018 82nd NYSSMA Winter Conference Special Learner Sessions

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

 

Resources for Music & Special Learners                                                              Arts Better the Lives of Everyone (ABLE Assembly)

Arts for All Abilities Consortium

CEC Division of Visual and Performing Arts Education (DARTS)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

ISME Special Music Education & Music Therapy

NAfME Children with Exceptionalities Special Research Interest Group (SRIG)

Very Special Arts (VSA)

Urban Arts Partnership (EASE)

 

Literature for Music & Special Learners                                                                  A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Schools (Second Edition)                          Lee A. Wilkinson

An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners (Third Edition)                                                                        Elise S. Sobol

Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice (Third Edition)                                                                                              Laura J. Hall

Music in Special Education (Third Edition)                                                                                                                                            Mary S. Adamek & Alice-Ann Darrow

Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life Thomas Armstrong

Spotlight on Making Music with Special Learners: Selected Articles from State MEA Journals (Spotlight Series)                      MENC: The National Association for Music Education

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label Free Approach (Second Edition)                                                                  Alice M. Hammel & Ryan M. Hourigan

Winding it Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings                                                        Alice M. Hammel, Roberta Y. Hickox & Ryan M. Hourigan

 

Publications of NYSSMA Special Learner Chairs                                              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.

Wagner, B. (2015). Engaging All Learners: Tools and Techniques to Reach Different Types of Learners in the Music Classroom. School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Wagner, B. (2016). Making Connections for Special Learners: Using Repertoire to Enhance Lifelong Learning. School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Wagner, B. (2016). Using Repertoire to Enhance Lifelong Learning. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

Wagner, B. (2017). Using a Differentiated Rhythmic and Melodic Notation System for Special Learners in All Musical Settings. Tempo. Lakewood, NJ: New Jersey Music Educators Association.

Wagner, B. (2017). Enhancing the Social-Emotional  Needs of Students with Special Needs through Music Making and Repertoire. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Los Angeles, CA.

Wagner, B. (2017). Engaging All Types of Learners in the Music Classroom. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2018). Teaching Lessons to Children with Special Needs. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2018). Behavioral Supports for Students with Special Needs in Musical Environments. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2019). Related Service Providers in the Music Classroom. DARTS Newsletter. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2020). Distance Learning for Special Learners in the Music Classroom. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

 

Contact Brian J. Wagner-Yeung (NYSSMA Special Learners Chair) at brianwagneryeung@gmail.com for handouts from previous NYSSMA conferences, articles, additional websites, and resources.

 

 


 

 

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