Adaptive Music Program

About AMP

The 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 differently-abled 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.
  • Professional development workshops for educators
  • Free YouTube Channel as a resource for students, parents, and teachers.

AMP during COVID-19 School Closures

AMP is working with our partners in Springfield and Northampton Public Schools to ensure that students and faculty are not placed at unnecessary risk. Students have participated in live virtual music classes and they’ve had access to over 70 pre-recorded videos on our YouTube Channel.

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

What we do

We work directly with differently abled 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 differently abled students. We also train and support special education teachers in integrating music and arts into their teaching.

CMSS Perform-A-Thon