Music Enrichment for Students with Special Needs

3 adult students and teacher are gathered around in a circle playing instruments. The teacher is playing the guitar, one student is playing the tambourine, one has a mallet in his hand and the other is hitting a bell

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, 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.

Summer 6-week Session

Registration is open for the summer session! Click the button below to register. 

Summer Registration

  • Mondays, June 11, 18; July 9, 16, 23, 30
    • 5-5:30 pm: Adults
  • Wednesdays, June 13, 20; July 11, 18, 25; August 1
    • 3:30-4 pm: Teens

Price: $84.00

Location: 245 Metro Drive, Appleton

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


special needs student playing tambourine and smiling

smiling special needs student playing claves

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

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