It’s estimated that 13% of students in our public schools have a disability that impacts their learning. Unfortunately, much of the training offered to teachers regarding students with disabilities is geared toward general education, and often does not address the unique needs of a music classroom or performing organization. This class will offer research-based strategies and fun, project-based learning activities so that you can learn to successfully differentiate instruction for ALL of the students in your band, orchestra, choral or general music classroom.

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Chappell


Dr. Elizabeth Chappell holds degrees in both Music Therapy (University of Kansas) and Music Education (University of Texas at Austin). She has taught orchestra for over 15 years in the Austin Independent School District and just recently has earned a National Board Teacher Certification. She has presented sessions about her experiences teaching students with autism at the conferences of the American String Teachers Association, American Music Therapy Association, Texas Music Educator Association and the Center for Educator Development in the Fine Arts. She has contributed to articles about inclusion and autism that have appeared in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Journal of Music Therapy.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288