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Autism Spectrum Programs at The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory's autism spectrum programs provide musical knowledge, skills, experiences and opportunities for people of all ages with autism spectrum disorders. These unique programs aim to nurture a life-long involvement in music by developing musical knowledge and skills. Students do not need to audition or have prior experience. All students must be able to participate effectively in lessons or classes and to maintain an environment that is safe for themselves and others. Please see below for a listing of all our special needs programming.

Music Programs

        

Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum (ages 9+)

The first-of-its-kind conservatory program pairs students on the autism spectrum with Boston Conservatory music education graduate students and alumni for weekly lessons. Learn more here.

NEW! Music Program for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum (ages 3-8) 

This "mommy and me"-style program is taught by graduate students and alumni of The Boston Conservatory's Music Education program and allows parents to introduce young children on the autism spectrum to music.

NEW! Inner Harmony Chorus (all ages)

A new vocal ensemble for individuals on the autism spectrum and their family and friends, the Inner Harmony Chorus is a 10 week program conducted by a team of graduate students from The Boston Conservatory's Music Education program.
 

Resources for Teachers and Professionals  


Annual Conference for Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum

An innovative resource for public and private school music educators, the two-day event addresses 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

Register today or learn more here.

Graduate Training Programs Offered in Music and Autism

The Boston Conservatory offers two first-of-their-kind training programs for those interested in specializing in teaching music to students on the autism spectrum:

Master of Music in Music Education—Autism Concentration
Graduate Certificate in Music and Autism


Contact

For more information, contact Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D.:

Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D.
Director of Professional Education and Enrichment
Director of The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum
rbernard@bostonconservatory.edu
(617) 912-9104

 

Theater and Dance Programs

Autism-Friendly Performances

Each year, the Conservatory Connections program hosts an Autism-Friendly Performance (AFP) of one of its mainstage shows. These performances are open to anyone in the public on the autism spectrum and their families—learn more about how you can attend.

For more information about Autism-Friendly Performances contact:

Kim Haack
Director of External Relations
(617) 912-9150
khaack@bostonconservatory.edu

or 

Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D.
Director of Professional Education and Enrichment
Director of The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum
rbernard@bostonconservatory.edu
(617) 912-9104 

 

Step By Step

STEP BY STEP! is a new dance program for children on the autism spectrum. Children ranging in age from 8 to 12 will learn the basics of dance while incorporating social skills, and the use of imagination and personal expression. The program is designed to accommodate 10 children per session, allowing for more individualized attention and focus. Children will dance to live music in a relaxed, fun environment. Learn how to register for the fall and spring sessions.

For more information about Step by Step, contact

Kim Haack
Director of External Relations
(617) 912-9150
khaack@bostonconservatory.edu

 

 

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