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ERIC Number: EJ755072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Children with Disabilities Playing Musical Instruments: With the Right Adaptations and Help from Their Teachers and Parents, Students with Disabilities Can Play Musical Instruments
McCord, Kimberly; Fitzgerald, Margaret
Music Educators Journal, v92 n4 p46 Mar 2006
In this article, the authors share the story of Stephanie, a dyslexic student who experiences problems reading music. The authors recommend for music teachers to share the list of students wanting to play an instrument with special educators to find out if there are students who are receiving special education services, what their strengths and limitations are, and how teachers can help them succeed in music. Some disabilities, like Stephanie's, are not apparent to teachers during the recruitment stage or even early lessons. Students with what the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) calls specific learning disabilities have difficulty processing information coming in or out of the brain. In this article, the authors offer strategies for helping students with a variety of disabilities to succeed in music class. Tips for music reading, writing and playing music, and recommendations and cautions for specific instruments are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 10 notes.)
MENC: The National Association for Music Education. P.O. Box 1584, Birmingham, AL 35201. Tel: 800-336-3768; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act