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ERIC Number: EJ912419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Improvisation as Communication: Students with Communication Disabilities and Autism Using Call and Response on Instruments
McCord, Kimberly
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p17-26 2009
Students with communication disabilities present challenges to general music teachers with inclusive music classrooms. Typically, students perform, compose and improvise with others in the class, but students with physical disabilities that include communication difficulties or students with autism are left out or at best marginally participate. This paper explores the stories of three students who have disabilities that impact their ability to communicate. All three are elementary students in grades four through six. The students used instruments (both traditional and electronic) as a means for communicating musical ideas through improvisation. The three students were engaged in call and response improvisation in the jazz style.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A