Adaptive Music Program

About AMP

CMSS’ 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. Music is a proven and effective tool to unlock learning potential in Special Needs students, yet the majority of these students have historically not had access to music instruction adapted to their needs. AMP partners with public schools and education centers throughout the Pioneer Valley, providing adaptive music classes for youth in preschool through high school. This school year (2021-22), AMP is serving over 500 students in 14 schools.

AMP provides:

  • Music instruction designed to include all learners, specifically tailored to the needs of each classroom.
  • Professional development workshops for music educators and Special Education teachers
  • A YouTube Channel as a resource for students, parents, and teachers.

For more information, contact Jessica Corwin, Adaptive Music Program Manager: [email protected]create new email

close up of AMP student sitting and smiling in an AMP music class

AMP Faculty

Jessica Corwin, Program Manager and Teaching Artist

Jennifer Kass, Teaching Artist and Music Therapist

Tara Murphy, Teaching Artist

I-SHEA, Teaching Artist

Neuba Silva, Teaching Artist

 

Testimonial from a Springfield Public School teacher:

“For my students, participating in the Adaptive Music Program has been 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.”

CMSS Perform-A-Thon