Effectively Using Music With Learning Disabled Students

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Effectively Using Music with Learning Disabled Students
John R. Mueller
Hunter College of the City University of New York
EFFECTIVELY USING MUSIC WITH LEARNING DISABLED STUDENTS 2
Abstract
Learning disabilities can diversely and seriously affect a student’s ability in music, even though it is not an “academic” class. Purposeful adaption of the environment, academic content, and presentation of that content can greatly increase effectiveness of music education with students with learning disabilities. Music can have additional applications for students with learning disabilities throughout school. Researchers have found success in using lyrics to teach decoding, and have seen gains in writing with background music. Still, the breadth of learning disabilities means best practices are always changing; parents and educators should remain well-trained and up to date on the most current research available. Keywords: music, learning disabilities, adaption, decoding, writing EFFECTIVELY USING MUSIC WITH LEARNING DISABLED STUDENTS 3 Music brings joy to billions of people across the globe on a daily basis, is an enormous part of some of the most important life events, including weddings and funerals, and is the subject of a multi-billion dollar industry. In schools, music is special in that can uniquely engage and motivate a wide sampling of…
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