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Grant Event-Teaching the Special Learner: Wisdom and Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher

March 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Local Contact: For more information please contact Tammy Johnson.
Location (virtual): Zoom, for access please contact Susan Todd.
Presenting District: Umpqua Valley-South Coast
Presenter: Emily Ross Read Presenter Bio

Emily Ross holds a Bachelor of Music Education from University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in music therapy from Naropa University. She taught public school music (general music and band) for seven years, and worked in private practice as a music therapist with children with autism (and other challenges) for 12 years. She was the clinical coordinator of music therapy and an assistant professor at Marylhurst University. She plays French horn in the Portland Wind Symphony and works via her private practice, HoofnHorn Music Therapy Studio (hnhmusictherapy.com).
Program Description: We know that studying music is good for everyone.Read More
Some children come to us, however, without the attention span or executive functioning skills to excel in private music lessons without some special considerations. Music therapist, Emily Ross, MA, MT-BC, will review the characteristics of autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbance, and outline both specific strategies and general ideas for approaching students who present with these characteristics. Emily will also clarify the differences between music lessons, adaptive music lessons, and music therapy so that students can be served in the best manner possible. And finally, Emily will lead a discussion on communication with parents regarding these sensitive topics.


March 9
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Tammy Johnson