More than ever before, educators around the world are employing innovative methods to nurture growth, creativity, and intelligence in the classroom. Even so, finding groundbreaking ways to get through to students can be an uphill battle, particularly for students with special needs. It’s no wonder that success stories—every educator’s dream—might seem few and far between.
In this month’s episode, host Sara Levine chats with Alice Hammel, co-editor of Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, Taylor Walkup and Adam Goldberg, two music educators in New York City, and Karmen Ross and Hyacinth Heron Haughton, the parents of special needs students. Together, they engage in fascinating conversation about the role of music in special needs education, illustrating its challenges and—most importantly—its rewards.
Image Credit: “2nd Grade Music Program” by Bill and Vicki T. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.