Choir for students with special needs, and student assistants?
Date: September 5, 2013
I am wondering if there is any high school choir teacher whose program includes a curricular choir for students with more profound special needs and general-education students to assist, who would be willing to share some aspects of the class with me. Our choirs currently have many students with special needs; but regarding most students with significant challenges, I believe we are not helping them very much or providing the kind of experience the parents of these students are hoping their child will have, particularly in interacting with gen-ed students. In spite of modified curriculum and some adult aides, I also believe that there is a great deal more potential in so many of our special needs students I have been too time-strapped to attend to in a way my students deserve. I have seen news stories of some wonderful choirs with students of various special needs (and helpers) that seem to be thriving. Our school will not consider adding this class without a good deal of data, proof that our present system is not serving the students' best interest and that a choir like this would. If you do have a choir like this, would you be so kind as to contact me? I have several questions, though I know that we are all on very limited time. You are free to answer all or none.
Thanks so much for your consideration,
Lyons Township High School