Learning through music: a special way for special children
Abstract: This project was developed for the purpose of demonstrating on videotape, basic music therapy techniques with the severely/profoundly mentally retarded child, using four of the areas of music: playing instruments, singing, moving to music, and listening. The intended audience for the videotape was students enrolled in the music therapy program at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Other audiences might include music therapy students at other universities across the United States, and professionals in the fields of special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Included in the project is a videotape, an accompanying handout with supplemental information, an annotated bibliography of books dealing with the education of severely/profoundly handicapped children, a list of recommended musical instruments for use with this type of child, and a list of songs in the videotape and their resources.
Keyword(s): developmental-disabilities, severe-mental-retardation, instrument, singing, movement, listening, video, children.