- Written by Chad Criswell
Including students with disabilities into a traditional music education classroom may seem like a challenge, especially when the class is very performance oriented such as in a band, orchestra, or general music setting. With the effective and well planned use of technology, a motivated teacher can help any student at any functional level become a part of the music making process.
NAfME has made an effort to emphasize this fact through the new national standards, writing them with universal design for learning in mind. Adapting to almost any disability is often as simple as finding the right tools to meet the needs of the specific student, and such accommodations need not be incredibly expensive or complicated to use.