Music Enrichment for Those with Special Needs

A student in an orange striped shirt playing a guiro and a student in a red striped shirt playing the tambourine.

Music-making is the most human of experiences. It is a natural tool of expression that requires no extraordinary talent to experience and enjoy. For those with special needs, being immersed in a music enrichment class is a joyful and potentially transformational experience. The Lawrence Academy of Music offers special needs classes that are designed to facilitate socialization and communication, motivate interaction, improve social skills and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to have fun through the use of different music techniques and activities. Classes are taught by Sara Devine, board-certified music therapist. 

The Academy is an IRIS program service provider.

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


  • Music Enrichment for Youth with Special Needs (Age 1–Teen)

    These are music enrichment classes for your child with special needs. Children participate in musical activities that focus on interaction and socialization skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills. Finger plays, songs, playing instruments and movement enhance your child’s development with special attention to individual needs. Mobility needs accommodated. Classes are grouped by age. 

    Class Enrollment: minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students


  • Music Enrichment for Adults with Special Needs (Ages 20 and older)

    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 and 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. Mobility needs accommodated.

    Class Enrollment: minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students

10-week Spring Session

  • Mondays, Jan. 28-May 6 (6 weeks off TBD)
    • 11:00-11:30 a.m. 1-4 years
    • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Adults
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 30-May 8 (6 weeks off TBD)
    • ​4:00-4:30 p.m. 5-12 years
    • 4:30-5 p.m. Teens

Price: $163
Location245 Metro Drive, Appleton

Registration is now open for the spring session.

Click here to register.

Two students and two adults are sitting around a large drum. They have soft-tipped mallets in their hands and are banging the drum.

A student in a blue and red striped shirt is playing the tambourine.

A teacher and three students are seated in a circle and are hitting boom sticks on the ground.

A student in a red shirt is playing a large wood block on his lap.

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