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Inclusion is at the heart of United Sound, a peer mentoring program that provides musical performance experiences for students with special needs (called New Musicians). The United Sound method was created for use in a school setting, but the same training can be used by private lesson teachers.
Below are training videos that showcase United Sound’s program and resources.
Please note: These videos are created for students participating in United Sound in school. We hope that the concepts will help shed light on working with students with special needs, but we acknowledge that private teachers’ experiences might vary greatly.
In this program overview, you’ll see the relationship between Peer Mentor Abby and New Musician Jessica develops and grow during the school year.
Download this worksheet, and during the video’s “Discussion Time” breaks, use the keywords from the worksheet to think about the impressions and takeaways from each clip.
[I don’t find the worksheet helpful. Each “Empower,” “Communicate” and “Modify” box is the same for all 7 clips. We could list the keywords here instead of having to download the worksheet.]
Parents of New Musicians express how United Sound has affected their children.
Discussion Points: [questions from the certification quiz]
In this video, United Sound founder Julie Duty explains how to utilize the United Sound methodology.
Download this worksheet, and during the video’s pause-for-discussion sections, use keywords from the worksheet to discuss impressions and takeaways from each clip.
This video shows how to install the United Sound font (from Finale) plug in – from the ABLE Assembly at Berklee College of Music in April 2019.
Download the Finale font here.
Download Finale font flashcards here.
Now, use the Finale font to write music in modified “food” notation.