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Advice for Using Music Purposefully In Special and General Education Learning

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  • While using songs, model expressions and use consistent motions to increase communication and participation that express meaning of language
  • Pause music regularly to allow extended response time
  • Quiz learners on people, places, and things in music selections
  • Use consistent objects as cues and present it to students each time you prepare for a particular song or set of songs
  • Use phrases or pictures of things from song (s) throughout day to encourage memory
  • Request/agree to professional development for all levels of special and general education staff to jointly have training processes on inclusive music strategies with model implementations for all students' progress
  • Be an education advocate that voices the need: joint training and development efforts between special and general education settings


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