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Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum

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Who Should Apply
Tuition and Fees
Schedule

May 9-10, 2014

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:

  • An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Applying Behavioral Teaching Strategies to Individual and Group Music Instruction
  • How Autistic People Learn and Perceive Music
  • Working Effectively with Students on the Autism Spectrum and their Families

Featuring industry experts Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. James Ellis, Dr. Rhoda Bernard, 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.

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

Schedule

Friday, May 9

1 p.m. welcome

1:15-2:15 Jim Ellis, What is Autism?

2:15-3:15 Rhoda Bernard, Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their Families: Lessons Learned

3:15-3:30 break

3:30-5:00 Stephen Shore, Autism and Music

5 p.m. depart

Saturday, May 10

9:30 welcome

9:45-11:15 Elizabeth Keefe, Training Teachers to Work with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

11:15-noon Rhoda Bernard and Andrea Norton – Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum and Research Update

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch provided for all attendees

1-2:30 p.m. Instructors from The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum Discuss their Teaching: Todd Hayen, Jill Hogan, Maria Doreste Velazquez, Jessica Matthews, facilitated by Rhoda Bernard

2:30-2:45 break

2:45-4:15 Margaret Kjelgaard, Exploring the Neural Underpinnings of Auditory Hypersensitivities in Autism

4:15 wrap up

4:30 depart*

*All attendees are welcome to stay on Saturday to attend the 6pm spring recital for students enrolled in The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum.

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

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