Our Adaptive Music Program (AMP) connects music and Special Education to improve students’ lives, targeting social/emotional, academic, and artistic development. Over 20% of the student population in Springfield is considered Special Needs, and this number is increasing. Music is a proven and effective tool to unlocking learning potential in Special Needs students, yet the majority of this population does not have access to musical instruction that is adapted to their needs.
Current AMP Services:
- Music instruction for diverse learners in public schools and education centers throughout the Pioneer Valley. Each program is specifically tailored to the needs of the school and their student population. During the 2021-22 school year, AMP is serving 529 elementary through high school students in 14 schools.
- Professional development workshops for educators
- Free YouTube Channel as a resource for students, parents, and teachers.
For more information, contact Jessica Corwin, Adaptive Music Program Manager: [email protected]
What we do
We work directly with Special Needs students in the classroom, teaching music classes designed to include all learners. We train and support music teachers in strategies and techniques for reaching their Special Needs students. We also train and support Special Education teachers in integrating music and arts into their teaching.
“My students having the opportunity to participate in the Adaptive Music Program has meant for them a unique opportunity to access their environment in ways that are not always open to them in the traditional classroom setting. Our adaptive music teacher brings with her engaging activities that incorporate movement, rhythm, being conscience of our body in space, etc.; which complements elements of teaching that go on in the classroom such as math (counting beats, recognizing patterns in music), or social skills (being aware of our body in space as we move through the room). AMP is a wonderful resource for our classroom, thank you!”
– Springfield Public School Teacher