Strategies for Teaching Music to Exceptional Learners

Janice will speak to Elise about strategies for Teaching Music to Students with Social, Emotional, Developmental, Behavioral, and Learning Disabilities.


Elise Sobol, Ed.D. educator/pianist has made unique contributions to the field of teaching music to special learners. Author of An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners (Pentland Press, USA 2001, first edition, and MENC/Rowman & Littlefield Education, second edition, 2008, third edition, 2017), numerous journal articles, contributing author to city, state, and national education publications, she has received recognition for her work as a leader in the field of music in special education. One of the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers, Professor Sobol is included in distinguished biographical publications such as Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, Two Thousand Notable American Women, and the International Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership. A three time Grammy® nominated music educator, she was recently added to the roster of Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement inductees for 2018.

In September 2017, Dr. Sobol was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Music Education at New York University. She retired in June 2016 from teaching high school music for students with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders at the Rosemary Kennedy School, Wantagh, LI bringing thirty years of PK-12 experience teaching in regular and special education settings to her new position at NYU.  Since 1993, she has been appointed the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Chairperson of Music for Special Learners continually serving as an important resource for educators. Professor Sobol additionally serves as an Advisory Board member of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, and continues as Co-Chair of the Portfolio Committee for the New York State Regents Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts helping to develop the 4 + 1 Arts Pathway.

Active as an international clinician, Professor Sobol has brought her interactive style of facilitative instruction to participants throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Topics draw upon her extensive research and experience teaching students with social, emotional behavioral, developmental, and learning disabilities with titles such as “Building Bridges for Learning with Music,” “Cultivating Cognition with Musical Interventions,” “Reaching Higher with Music in Education,” “Music for Milestones,” “Rehearsal Techniques for Successful Inclusion Practices in Music Performance,” and “Music-Assisted Learning for Students on the Autism Spectrum.”


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