Gena Greher - Further Perspective

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On Becoming Musical: Technology, Possibilities, and Transformation

This further perspective examines the role of both high and low-tech solutions, when using music technology as a form of reflective practice in working with special needs populations. Music teachers are often given little coursework in working with at-risk and special needs students. It is little wonder that music teacher attitudes are often negative regarding the inclusion of these students in music activities, whether it’s in a general music class or ensembles. Rather than marginalizing these students, music technology can be adapted to allow even the most severely impacted student a means to music participation in school settings. Providing music education students with context specific field experiences working with a variety of special needs populations can help students realize the musical potential of all students.