Adaptive Music Partnership (AMP)

The Adaptive Music Partnership (AMP) connects music and special education to improve students lives, targeting social/emotional, academic, and artistic development.

The Need
Over 20% of the student population in Springfield have special needs, and this number is increasing. Music is a proven and effective tool to unlocking learning potential in special needs students, yet the majority of this population does not have access to musical instruction that is adapted to their needs.

What We Do
We work directly with special needs students in the classroom, teaching music classes designed to include all learners. We train and support music teachers in strategies and techniques for reaching their special education population. We also train and support special education teachers in integrating music and arts into their teaching.

Testimonial from Springfield Public Schools Special Education Supervisor
I just wanted to touch base after our first music class with [AMP].  WOW!!! It was fantastic.  The integrated classrooms did fantastic and enjoyed the lesson and we are already talking about beats in the classroom.  The ABA labs did great except for one major behavioral hurdle we encountered. The nice thing is that was figured out and the student engaged in the activity. The students with autism were singing. We had one who is non-verbal mouthing the words and intermittently saying a word or two. I look forward to future lessons. ”–Rosemarie Waltsak, Springfield Public Schools Special Education Supervisor

Advisory Board
We have assembled an advisory board of top directors, professors, and innovators of music/arts special education programs in Massachusetts.

Nicole Agois, Managing Director of VSA Massachusetts
Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director of Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Berklee College of Music
Yindra Dixon, Community Representative
Julie Jaron, Springfield Public Schools Director of Visual and Performing Arts
Sara Jones, UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Music Education
Rosemarie Waltsak, Springfield Public Schools Special Education Supervisor
Andrew D’Antonio, AMP Director
Eileen McCaffery, Executive Director of CMSS