ERIC Number: EJ712665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
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Enriching the Ensemble Experience for Students with Visual Impairments
Siligo, Wayne Roy
Music Educators Journal, v91 n5 p31 May 2005
This article will give music educators some practical tools and information for helping students with visual impairments enjoy the ensemble experience. The author has used these tools as music director at the California School for the Blind (CSB) and as a musician who is visually impaired. All observations and techniques mentioned here come out of the author's own teaching experience and the successful use of the same techniques by teachers the author has shared them with in local California school districts. Teachers can use many of these techniques and tools in their own classroom and share them with resource specialists working with music students who are blind or visually impaired. With the use of assistive technologies and the support of trained resource specialists in your school districts, teaching students with severe visual impairments need not be an insurmountable challenge. The lack of easy access to music and materials must never force you to exclude a student with disabilities from music class. The Americans with Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act prohibit such exclusions.
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Visual Impairments, Music Education, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Braille, Teaching Methods, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Assistive Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act