Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs

— Offered by Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences: Department of Music—

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.


*Cost does not include required textbook

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14 Online Sessions

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.

  • A computer with a webcam

  • Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label Free Approach second edition
    Author: Hammel and Hourigan
    ISBN: 978-0190654696
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Date: 2017

  • Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource
    Author: Hammel
    ISBN: 978-0190665173
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Date: 2017

Academic Credit

Students seeking academic credit for MUED 5753 must be admitted to the University and should register through UAConnect.


Alice Hammel

Dr. Alice Hammel