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Special Education Resources : Adapting Musical Instruments

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Ryan Judd is a board certified music therapist. He has a master's degree in Music Therapy and a bachelor's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child Development. He has been working as a music therapist with children with special needs for more than 16 years. In addition to working one on one with clients, Ryan also leads groups focused on the development of social skills.  His services are available in Southern New Hampshire, Northern Massachussets and Southern Maine.  He lives in the Seacoast region with his wife who is a 1st grade teacher.

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  • Stephanie Morris Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    Ryan,
    GREAT ideas with the rubber bands. I never would have thought of that. Thanks for the suggestions.
    Stephanie

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Hey Stephanie, there was a glitch in my commenting system and I am just seeing all of these now. Thank you for your comment. I am so glad that you like this one!

  • Sue Procter, OTR/L Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    What wonderful and simple adaptations and ideas for the rhythm instruments. Thanks. I'll be passing this along to my colleagues

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Hey Sue, there was a glitch in my commenting system and I am just seeing all of these now. Thank you sharing this with your colleagues!

  • Lee Anna Rasar Wednesday, 05 March 2014

    May I share this link with my students, including alumni, at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire?

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Hey Lee, there was a glitch in my commenting system and I am just seeing all of these now. Please feel free to share this with your students!!! :)

  • Ruth Wednesday, 05 March 2014

    I am a music educator but not for special needs children. What wonderful ideas you offer for these children. Simple yet very effective. Can be used for very young children I imagine. Thanks again , Ruth.

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    You're welcome!!! :D

  • Lynn Baker, MT-BC Thursday, 06 March 2014

    Yay, Ryan! Thanks for some more great tips!

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    You're welcome! I am glad that you are enjoying them.

  • Renee Dundas Saturday, 08 March 2014

    Thank you for the help with adapting instruments for kids with orthopedic disabilities. I teach a Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic class at a general education middle school. I bought your packet plus, being a MTBC myself now for about 18 years inhabe many different instruments I have bought over the years. I have been trying to figure out how to adapt my instruments fory students. So I allreciate your information. Could you give me an idea for making a paddle drum adaptive? They love
    To play the and can hold the mallet but the paddle
    On the drum seems impossible for them so they place it on their desk. I would love for them to feel the vibration and resonance of the drum being held up but how can I adapt the drum for them to hold it up off the table?

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Hey Renee, there was a glitch in my commenting system and I am just seeing all of these now. Thank you for your comment and question. Here is a great website that has really cool adaptive equipment. I hope this helps! http://www.adaysworkmusiceducation.com/

  • Chris Morecroft Sunday, 09 March 2014

    Fab ideas thanks.

    When are you coming to the UK!!!

    Chris

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Hey Chris, there was a glitch in my commenting system and I am just seeing all of these now. Thank you for your comment. I would love to come to the UK!!!

  • Julie Swann Monday, 10 March 2014

    Brilliant ideas :)

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Thanks Julie!!!

  • Kitty Dennis Tuesday, 11 March 2014

    Great adaptive ideas! Aren't rubber bands special! Thanks for your input.
    Have a great week!
    Kitty Dennis

  • Ryan Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Hey Kitty, there was a glitch in my commenting system and I am just seeing all of these now. Thank you for your comment. Rubber bands ROCK!!!

  • Carolyn Kantor, MA, MT-BC, Philadelphi Tuesday, 25 March 2014

    Wonderful ideas, Ryan! I work primarily with geriatric patients at the end stage of life and these adapatations would be great for them, too.

  • Mary Wednesday, 26 March 2014

    Hi, I was drawn to this thrr Linkedin but it was titled How to Make a Homemade Drum and use it for Motor Development.

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