Music for Children With Special Needs

Participants will become familiar with general educational issues and music education trends affecting students with special needs in the United States.


Questions about music education teaching and learning will be covered, and participants will be introduced to variations in language ability, assessment, inclusion, and music education in a diverse world. The class will develop a sense of community through class discussions, completion of case studies, and presentations of teaching that includes adaptations, accommodations, and modifications. Additionally, participants will become knowledgeable in the areas of language, motor, visual, and social development, connecting current research and theory about students with special needs in music education to classroom practice. To synthesize thinking and learning experiences, participants will also critically assess inclusive school settings.


Learning Objectives

  • Develop personal, educational, and socio-political understandings of disability
  • Demonstrate awareness of the political, social, and historical contexts of special education
  • Be prepared to work within an inclusive and collaborative educational structure
  • Develop a keen awareness of, and strong commitment to teaching the full range of learners with disabilities
  • Anticipate high-priority needs, as well as effectively teach and make routine accommodations for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans


Course Materials - Required

These course materials are required, and may be purchased through the University of Arkansas Bookstore or other outlets.

January 14 -
May 2, 2019

14 Online Sessions


*Cost does not include required textbook



Discount Information

Refund Policy

Academic Credit

Students seeking academic credit for MUED 477v should register through UAConnect,  and send an email to

This non-credit course is offered in partnership with University of Arkansas J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Music.



Alice Hammel

Dr. Alice Hammel

Instructor, James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities