» Age Range 8 to 12: Music & Special Needs

Ambient Orchestras Disability Program (Vic)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Ambient Orchestras (Vic) offer a disability program, consisting of creating and performing music, for those with an intellectual disability.

The site states that various program options are available to individuals and organisations. Ambient Orchestras’ disability program is aligned with The Disability Act (2006), The National Arts and Disability Strategy, and The Victorian State Disability Plan (2002-2012).

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Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Developmental Disability, Paediatrics and Neurology

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Developmental Disability, Paediatrics and Neurology is edited by Tony Wigram and Jos De Backer, and published by J. Kingsley Publishers, 1999.

This volume contains research about music, music therapy, and how these can be applied to assist developmentally disabled children.

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Deaf Singing and Signing


October 17, 2012

www.musiccountusin.org.au Watch the INSPIRING video clip with your class – how deaf students experience music, and sign the Music: Count Us In 2012 song. Then teach the Auslan signs to your class using the free MCUI 2012 Special Needs kit.

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Full Pitcher – Music for Special Needs (UK)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Full Pitcher – Music for Special Needs (UK) provides links to information about implementing music programs and activities for students with disabilities.

These links include adaptation of instruments for disabled musicians, articles on music technology and access, and ideas in forums about music and disabilities.

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Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy – School Projects (NSW)

March 4, 2010

Go to resource: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy – School Projects: the Nordoff-Robbins Golden Stave Therapy Centre in Penrith, Sydney, New South Wales, runs a number of outreach programs in schools.

These include programs for high school students, for the social and academic development of primary school students, and for children who require special assistance.

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One-handed violinist helps disabled make music


April 3, 2013

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/15/tech/innovation/adrian-anantawan-violinist

Share this article / video with your class, then ask if they know any other musicians with a disability. (eg. Beethoven was deaf, percussionist Evelyn Glennie is deaf, Tony Melendez plays guitar with his feet, Ray Charles was blind)

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power of Music Therapy – video


May 9, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z78Mzkl9rTk Please watch this with your classes – the video shows a young disabled girl making amazing progress with regular music sessions.

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The Song Room

January 21, 2010

Go to resource: The Song Room offers music programs to school students, particularly those who have no access to music teachers, and disadvantaged students. Their aim is to create self-sustaining music programs in schools.Their programs include professional support for teachers, families, implementation of long term music programs in schools, partnerships with industry and community music groups, and research. Schools can become members of the Song Room and receive access to the website, resources, and training.

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