By: Nisreen Jardaneh Can you guess this spooky theme? That’s right, it’s the famous theme from In the Hall of the Mountain King composed by Edvard Grieg. As we are approaching Halloween, we start searching for different music activities to enjoy with our students....
By: Jeff Sabo Many of you may have had the following experience: you are teaching a student, and it has not been going well for a while now. You have been using all of your usual activities, tricks, and tips, and they don't seem to be working. The student is...
As a music teacher, you may not be familiar with the term twice exceptional, but you’re most likely
familiar with twice exceptional characters in popular culture. The eccentric genius, the scatterbrained
professor…there are many examples of these profiles out there. People who are intellectually gifted, but
have a secondary diagnosis such as autism, ADHD or a learning disability are identified as twice
exceptional, and they are a bright, quirky, and fascinating group to teach! They are also a complex
group, and it’s important to understand students with these profiles in order to be able to fully support
them and help them reach their full potential.
Many cultural norms and misconceptions tell us that in order to have success teaching exceptional students, we need to have unique characteristics, abilities, or many years of specialized training. But this is not the case! Actually, it turns out that shifting your mindset and learning some simple tools and strategies can make a world of difference for both you and your exceptional students.
Based on the statistics, if you’ve been teaching music for any length of time, you’ve probably had more than a few students with ADHD. People with ADHD often have difficulty focusing, are easily distracted, make careless mistakes, and have difficulty staying organized. They may also have difficulty regulating their emotions and be quick to frustration or have angry outbursts. There are plenty of articles out there with fantastic ideas on how to adapt music lessons for students with ADHD—things like taking frequent breaks, front-loading the lesson with the most concentration-heavy material, and using kinaesthetic learning. This is all good! But I want to take a look at adapting for ADHD from a different perspective…
Online education comes with many challenges, but the rewards can be beneficial for your students. There are ways to make the most of your experience while contributing to accessible and continued music education.