So you’re just starting out as a freelance adaptive music instructor and you’re travelling all over the state to different special needs day programs, residential homes, schools, or recreation departments. Good for you! Being a travelling adaptive music teacher can be a fantastic way to have the greatest impact over a maximum number of students. But, let’s be honest, it comes with some baggage.
Think of yourself as Mary Poppins. Remember that scene where Mary takes all kinds of odds and ends out of her suitcase? Including a planter and a lamp? Yup, that’s you now. You’ll be packing a suitcase the size of your house to bring with you to all your different teaching sites. Not to worry, though, you won’t need to go to the gym after you’ve lugged it around all day!
In order to ensure that you have brought everything you could possibly need for your adaptive music classes plus that spoonful of sugar, I have compiled a checklist for you of the top ten items you will need to teach your adaptive music classes, whether you are on the go or in a permanent classroom.
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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.