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ERIC Number: EJ1114754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Classroom Guitar and Students with Visual Impairments: A Positive Approach to Music Learning and Artistry
Coleman, Jeremy M.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v110 n1 p63-68 Jan-Feb 2016
In 2011, a collaborative effort began between the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and Austin Classical Guitar (ACG), a local 501(c) nonprofit music organization. The idea behind this collaboration was to start a small guitar program that would provide TSBVI students with quality classroom guitar instruction. At that time, ACG was providing guitar instruction to over 40 schools in the Central Texas area. These classes met all the state fine arts requirements and were available for credit hours as music classes during the regular school day. In addition to easing the financial burden of paying for guitar instruction, school districts that collaborated with ACG also received access to quality instruction from experts in the field of music as well as access to their guitar curriculum. The curriculum, which is called (GCC) and is available at a website of the same name, produced positive results for students all over the United States, Europe, South America, and other parts of the world (Marcum & Hinsley, 2004). TSBVI and ACG agreed that the small ensemble of approximately five students with visual impairments and no additional disabilities would receive music instruction for one hour, four days a week, during the 2011-2012 school year. In addition, the instructor and TSBVI students would have access to the ACG classroom guitar curriculum free of charge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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