Inspired by the success of Sonido Musica, in 2016 CMSS launched the Adaptive Music Partnership (AMP) Program under the direction of Andrew D’Antonio (M.S.T. in Special Education Fordham University, M.M. University of Massachusetts Amherst.) AMP works hand-in-hand with Springfield Public Schools, offering tailored music classes to special needs students. In the 2016-2017 academic year, over 200 students participated in AMP. Our partners have included Early Childhood Education Center, Boland Elementary, Duggan Academy, and Chestnut TAG.

Historically, special needs students have not always had the same access to music classes as their typical-developing peers. For many of the students who participated in AMP, this was their very first music class. In addition to addressing musical goals, AMP targets cognitive, social, emotional, and gross and fine motor goals through music.

About the Adaptive Music Institute:

Coming in 2017, CMSS will be starting the Adaptive Music Institute. The Institute will offer professional development opportunities for traditional and non-traditional music educators interested in special education. Check back here for updates!

PROJECTED TIMELINE: The Institute will begin offering workshops to faculty members of CMSS’s Sonido program in late Summer 2017. Professional Development for area music teachers will be offered beginning the 2017-2018 academic year. In the summer of 2018, the Institute plans to offer workshops to teachers throughout the Northeast.

PROPOSED STRUCTURE: The Institute’s workshops are not intended to be a comprehensive overview of special education. Instead, the workshops are opportunities for participants to go deep into individual topics. Topics will be rotated so to best meet the needs of the community.

ADVISORY BOARD: The advisory board meets quarterly to give feedback on design, structure, and implementation of the Institute, in order to ensure that we are operating at the highest level. The advisory board is comprised of leaders in the field of special education and music.

AMP Advisory Board Members:
Andrew D’Antonio, AMP & Adaptive Music Institute Program Manager
Eileen McCaffery, Executive Director of CMSS
Nicole Agois, Acting Executive Director of VSA Massachusetts
Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D., Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Berklee College of Music
Julie Jaron, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Springfield Public Schools
Sara Jones, UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Music Education
Michelle Theroux, Executive Director of Berkshires Hills Music Academy
Rosemarie Waltsak, Springfield Public Schools Special Education Supervisor