Digital Learning

Active Musicianship in the Special Needs Classroom

For students with severe mobility and physical limitations, active participation in music making can be completely out of reach. However, by harnessing the power of available technology and intelligently applying it to various musical principles, Carrie Lennard is opening a new space for students to express themselves through music.
Special needs pupils with tablets

Overcoming Passivity  

As a special needs music teacher, my greatest joy is creating opportunities for my students with profound and complex learning needs to explore their own playing and vocalising capabilities through music. For many of these students, traditional music activities require dexterity and verbal capabilities that are unavailable to them. Often, their musical experiences are passive—listening to music that is played to them, or perhaps having someone move their body for them, either to play a drum or percussive instrument or to be moved around while music plays. 

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