Inclusive Music Education: Teaching Music to Children with Special Needs


ā€œIā€™m teaching a child with special needs. What does that mean?ā€ This course will increase your knowledge of how to deliver appropriate, differentiated music instruction to students with a disability. Content will include an introduction to special education laws and terms, a basic overview of specific disabilities, and an explanation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and how music educators can be a part of that process. Examples and strategies will shed light on how to collaborate with special education teachers and paraprofessionals, classroom and behavior management for the inclusive classroom, and most importantly, practical examples of how to accommodate and modify music instruction for students with disabilities in the inclusive classroom. Teacher-directed presentations, teacher modeling, journaling, small and large-group discussions, student presentations, and group activities will all be used throughout this course.

Instructor: Giovanna Davila

davila_giovannaGiovanna Davila teaches Kindergarten-6th grade general music at Thomas Jefferson in Milan, Illinois. Giovanna received her Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Western Illinois University. She has a wide range of experience having taught every grade level in a variety of areas: general music, choir, and band. Giovanna has also taught children from different socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, and ability levels. Giovanna was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa, preparing pre-service educators how to incorporate music in the elementary classroom. Giovanna’s greatest joy is teaching elementary music and engaging all of her students in making music. Throughout her ten years of teaching experience, Giovanna has learned to adapt and modify her instruction to best meet her students’ needs. Giovanna has completed Kodaly Level I and Orff Schulwerk Levels I and II, and uses both techniques in her classroom. Currently, Giovanna is pursuing a doctorate in music education while teaching and making music with elementary children.


Course Information

6703 Inclusive Music Education: Teaching Music to Children with Special Needs

1 graduate credit for 2 sessions
Location: VCM Room 100
Tuition: $280
Tuition is due in full with registration


Saturday, February 9, 8:00am-3:45pm
Saturday, March 9, 8:00am-3:45pm

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