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“Music Enriches Us All”: A Special Educator Looks at Music’s Rewards

  “Music Enriches Us All” A Special Educator Looks at Music’s Rewards Member Spotlight: Alice-Ann Darrow This article originally appeared in the April 2017 Teaching Music.   ALICE-ANN DARROW believes in the power of music to transform lives. Her entry into teaching coincided with the passage of Public Law 94-142 in 1975, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, a landmark in public education in the United States. She recalls that when she began teaching in the public schools, she was “excited and proud to be a part of these early efforts on…

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How Does the Endrew Case Affect Music Education? Insights from Dr. Alice Hammel

On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled an 8-0 decision in the Endrew vs. Douglas County School District case, stating schools may not settle for minimal educational progress by students with disabilities. This case focused on a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), who was removed from public school by his parents when they argued his provided Individualized Education Program (IEP) was inadequate, as the student was making minimal progress toward his IEP goals. Further, the parents considered his IEP goals to be less than…

I’m Not Just Here to Cover Your Planning Period, I’m a MUSIC TEACHER

I’m Not Just Here to Cover Your Planning Period, I’m a MUSIC TEACHER By NAfME member Jessica Peresta Article originally posted on The Domestic Musician   Music teachers…how many of you have been called the planning teacher or the specials class? I taught at a pretty great school where I felt like my job was valued and what I did mattered. But, I was still called a specials teacher and was lumped into this category with the librarian, counselor, and gifted and talented teachers. (We didn’t have art at my school… skynesher