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

Special Needs Music Classes

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 transformative 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, provide 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. 

Parents/guardians of children aged 1-4 with special needs, please call our office to discuss our Early Childhood Music program:


The Academy is an IRIS program service provider.

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


  • Music Enrichment for Youth with Special Needs (Age 5–Teen)

    Classes offer children with special needs the opportunity to 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

Spring 2020 10-week session

10 weeks (dates TBD) between January 27 and April 27*
  • Mondays
    • 5:00-5:30 p.m. (Adults)
  • Wednesdays
    • 4:30-5:00 p.m. (Teens)
    • 5:00-5:30 p.m. (5-12 years)
    • 5:30-6:00 p.m. (5-12 years)

Fee: $154 + $15 annual registration fee

*Instructor Sara Devine will reach out to communicate the finalized dates.

Due to current events surrounding COVID-19, instruction will be suspended March 18 through at least April 5. Further class sessions will be coordinated and communicated directly with the teacher. 

If you would like to receive information on future sessions, please click here to fill out our interest form.

Our program is included in the 2019-20 Easter Seals Wisconsin recreational opportunities list for youth and adults with special needs. Click the button below to view other great opportunities in the Fox Valley area.

Easter Seals List

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.

three students and a teacher are smiling and dancing with egg shakers

a student sitting in a wheelchair smiles at the camera and plays the drum