By Kelly Surette
I’ll be honest, I’ve been an adaptive music teacher for many years and I really haven’t met many other adaptive music teachers in that time. I’ve met plenty of music therapists and public school music teachers that have one or two students with special needs in their classrooms, but I really haven’t met too many people actually specializing in adaptive music instruction.
I hope that over the next ten years or so we will see a dramatic increase in our numbers, but we need to spread the word in order to make that happen. If music educators don’t know that they can make a career out of adaptive music teaching then why would they go into it?
The few of us that do exist need to speak loudly and proudly about the benefits of this specific work, for both the students and the teacher. This will lead to more professionals joining our ranks; positively impacting the lives of students with special needs across the nation through the performing arts.
So why should you to join this unique niche of music educators focused on students with disabilities? I’ll give you the seven primary reasons I decided to become an adaptive music teacher.
Well, there you have it, my seven reasons for becoming an adaptive music teacher. But, truth be told, as I was writing, about a dozen more reasons popped into my head in just the last few minutes. If you are considering pursuing your passion for adaptive music education, I say, go for it! There are students out there that need you.
Are you already an adaptive music teacher? Please reach out to me so we can connect! Like, share my post, and follow my blog, or better yet, send me a message so we can chat! I can’t wait to hear from you.
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Kelly Surette is the author of Creative Miracles: A Practitioner’s Guide to Adaptive Music Instruction (coming soon.) She is a speaker and adaptive music educator in the New England area. Kelly is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with special needs and those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing with multiple disabilities through music. Connect with Kelly at www.kellysurette.com.