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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.

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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.

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
  • Rosemarie Waltsak, Springfield Public Schools Special Education Supervisor
  • Andrew D’Antonio, AMP Director
  • Eileen McCaffery, Executive Director of CMSS