Special Needs Music

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”
—Jules Combarieu, music scholar

Research has shown that people of all ability levels benefit from making music. For those with special needs, being immersed in a music enrichment class is joyful and transformational experience. The Lawrence Academy of Music offers classes that provide children and adults with special needs an opportunity to participate in musical activites that focus on interaction and socialization skills as well as fine and gross motor skills. 


Music for Youth with Special Needs (ages 1-19)

Finger plays, songs, playing instruments, and movement enhance your child's development. These music enrichment classes, organized by age, are taught by Sara Devine, a board certified music therapist with more than 15 years of experience. The groups are designed to facilitate socialization and communication, motivate interaction, improve social skills and, most importantly, have fun through the use of different music techniques and activities. Class size is limited to five children.


Music for Adults with Special Needs (Ages 20 and up)

Adults with special needs often seek an identity and validation; one of the ways to accomplish this is through musical expression. Classes for individuals 20 years of age or older provide opportunities for socialization, interaction, and the use of music for self-expression. Through the use of singing, playing different instruments, movement to music and working together as a group ensemble, participants gain confidence, improve self-esteem and most of all, have fun utilizing music as the tool!

Sara Devine

Spring 2016 Session - Mondays (15 week session)
January 18 - May 23
(no class on 4 Mondays TBD)

5-5:30 p.m. - adults
5:45-6:15 p.m. - teens (wheelchair accessible)
7-7:30 p.m. - 8-12 year olds

 510 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

Please email sara@expressivetherapies.net with specific questions about the curriculum or with information about a participant's special needs.


Academy Guidelines

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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