GREENFIELD — “Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum: Strategies & Best Practices” — a workshop for music educators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, parents and administrators — will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20, at Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield.
Led by Rhoda Bernard, the managing director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, the session will feature information on autism spectrum disorders and specific strategies for teaching music to students with autism in one-on-one, group, and integrated sessions. The session will also provide participants with tools and resources to address personalized learning and competency-based learning in integrated settings that include students with and without disabilities.
Bernard oversees the Master of Music in music education (autism concentration) and Graduate Certificate in music education and autism programs at Berklee. She holds a Bachelor of Music with academic honors from New England Conservatory and earned her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She regularly presents research at conferences throughout the United States and abroad, and provides professional development workshops for educators in local, national, and international forums.
“Making and listening to music is known to be especially powerful for individuals with autism,” said Frumie Selchen of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. “Rhoda Bernard is a national expert in her field, and we’re so pleased to be able to bring her to New Hampshire to provide her perspective on addressing the needs of all children through the arts.”
The Greenfield workshop, offered by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Crotched Mountain, will explore how best to reach students on the autism spectrum in music classes, classrooms and at home. It is part of a series of Arts in Inclusive Learning professional development programs presented across the state this summer by the Arts Alliance and VSA NH under a contract with John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The interactive workshops are all based on principles of Universal Design for Learning, which addresses the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities and other learning challenges.
Bernard is also presenting a workshop on “The Arts & Universal Design for Learning: Strategies that Work Across the Curriculum,” August 13 at the Monarch School of New England in Rochester, and “Teaching the Arts to Students with Special Needs: Strategies & Best Practices,” August 21 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.
Please register at www.aannh.org. The workshop fee is $65, which includes morning coffee and lunch. Discounts are available for Arts Alliance members (both schools and individuals), team members from a school district, parents and family members, and college students. Professional development credits are offered, and partial scholarships are available as needed. No one who is interested in the workshop will be turned away; please contact the Arts Alliance if the fee is a hardship.
For additional information on this and other workshops in the series, visit www.aannh.org, call (603) 323-7302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 20, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum: Strategies & Best Practices. A hands-on workshop for music educators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, parents and administrators exploring how best to reach students on the autism spectrum in music classes, classrooms and at home. Crotched Mountain School, Greenfield. Info & to register: Arts Alliance of Northern NH, email@example.com, (603) 323-7302, www.aannh.org.