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Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum Conference

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Conference Schedule
Who Should Apply
Tuition and Fees

May 89, 2015

An innovative new program for public and private school music educators, "Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum" is a two-day conference that will address important topics such as:

  • Current Research in Autism
  • Strategies for Teaching Music to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • How Autistic People Learn and Perceive Music
  • Working Effectively with Students on the Autism Spectrum and their Families

Featuring industry experts Matt Savage, Dr. Theoharis Theoharides, Lisa Jo Rudy and Mary Romaniec with teaching demonstrations by music instructors from The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum. Teachers can earn 12 Professional Development Points (PDPs).

One in 88 children in the United States has autism, according to a 2012 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The conference is presented by The Boston Conservatory, founders of The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum.

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 8, 1 p.m.5 p.m.

1 p.m., Welcome
1:15 p.m., Dr. Theoharis Theorharides shares his research
2:15 p.m., Nicola Agois and Willa Peragine from VSA Massachusetts, Universal Design for Learning
3:45 p.m., Lisa Jo Rudy speaks from the perspective of a parent and inclusion expert
5 p.m., Wrap Up and Depart

Saturday, May 9, 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m., Welcome
9:45 a.m., Matt Savage discusses how he, as someone on the autism spectrum, learns and understands music
11:15 a.m., Mary Romaniec offers her experience as a parent advocate
12:15 p.m., Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m., Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum Instructors will demonstrate teaching techniques that they use in their private lessons with students on the autism spectrum
2:30 p.m., Break
2:45 p.m., Dr. Rhoda Bernard will present the various programs for students on the autism spectrum that are offered by The Boston Conservatory. She will also share preliminary research findings about the program.
4:15 p.m., Wrap Up
4:30 p.m., Depart

Who Should Apply

Public and private school teachers who are looking to learn about new methods of teaching and connecting with students on the autism spectrum.  Teachers can earn 12 Professional Development Points (PDPs).

"A first-of-its-kind program that cannot be found elsewhere, Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum will offer exceptional learning opportunities for educators and music educators."  - Dr. Rhoda Bernard, Director, The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Tuition & Fees

TUITION: $65

Includes admission to all conference sessions and events plus meal on Saturday

All events take place at The Boston Conservatory, 31 Hemenway Street - Studio 401, Boston, MA 02215.

Click here to learn more about additional autism spectrum programs at The Boston Conservatory.

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