Music & Dance Programming
Our programs, classes and camps a person-centered approach to teaching, utilizing each individuals’ strengths and interests. We are currently in open enrollment for our fall semester with services until December 31, 2019.
Music therapy uses music as the therapeutic stimulus to achieve non-musical treatment goals, for example:
- Increased attention
- Improved cognitive functioning
- Increased socialization and improved behavior
- Successful and safe self expression
- Enhanced auditory processing
- Improved communication or verbal skills
The purpose of music therapy is to provide the individual with an initial assist using melodic and rhythmic strategies, followed by fading of musical cues to aid in generalization and transfer to other environments.
Adapted Music Lessons
Adaptive music lessons focus on musical goals. Beginning adaptive music lessons with a music therapist can often be the first step a student needs to successfully start a lifetime of musical learning. The purpose of adaptive music lessons is to provide additional support to increase musical skills until traditional music lessons can be successful.
The Learning Groove Parent & Child Classes
The Learning Groove: Parent & Child Music and Movement Program’s mission is to empower children to reach their full musical, academic and creative potential. This class is ideal for newborns to age 5. Led by a Board Certified Music Therapist, TLG is offered as an inclusion program for traditional learners and those with special needs. TLG was created by Eric Litwin, author of the Pete The Cat picture books and special needs educator.
Adapted Dance Program
The ultimate goal of our adaptive dance program is to mainstream our dancers into a traditional dance class. The benefit to these classes is the low teacher to student ratio (2:4-8). Skills taught in these classes are the same as a typical dance class, but are tailored to each dancer’s unique needs and abilities in order to provide the most successful learning environment.
Everything Disney Dance Camp
Join in on the magic! Our inclusive Disney Camp allows dancers of all abilities a chance to learn fundamental dance skills in a creative environment with their peers. Each day is a different popular movie theme – Toy Story (Mon), Mulan (Tues), Incredibles(Wed), Mary Poppins (Thurs) & Trolls (Fri) – with songs, dances and fun crafts.
Speaking Through Song Camp
Our unique camp features the experience of two professionals – music therapy and speech therapy. This summer program is perfect for emerging communicators, using pictures, devices and verbal approximations in a non-threatening environment filled with music. Your child will sing, dance and play instruments while working on communication skills of requesting items, choosing from 2-3 items and participating in a music ensemble.
Does your child love to dance and sing? Our inclusive Showstopper Camp allows dancers of all abilities a chance to learn musical theater skills of singing, dancing and playing in a creative environment with their peers. Each day, we focus on a different musical theater show – Mary Poppins (Mon), Hairspray (Tues), Lion King (Wed), Wicked (Thurs) & The Greatest Showman (Fri) – with songs, dances and theater crafts.
Anyone Can Be a Princess Dance Camp
Come have fun in our fairytale magic! Our inclusive Princess Camp allows dancers of all abilities a chance to learn fundamental dance skills in a creative environment with their peers. Each day is a different princess – Rapunzel (Mon), Moana (Tues), Arial (Wed), Tiana (Thurs) & Aurora (Fri) – with songs, dances and princess crafts.
Hip Hop Fusion Dance Camp
Does your child love to watch dance videos? Want to learn the trendy dance moves that they see on YouTube? Our Hip Hop Dance Camp allows dancers with special needs a chance to learn popular hip hop line dances (i.e. DLow Shuffle) and basic hip hop movements.
Music in Color Camp
Music in Color camp offers students a chance to engage together through structured musical ensembles and learn how to play multiple instruments through our adapted music program with the piano, guitar, piano, Boomwhackers, handbells and tone chimes. Through matching colors, our campers play instruments (adapted with colors) to colored music notation and learn basic rhythm skills. We also include sensory integration with movement manipulatives (scarves, parachute, stretchy band) and sensory regulation with glow balls and bubble tubes.
PASS Camp offers children a chance to engage together socially through structured musical experiences. Each week, a different musical project will be developed and completed. Campers will be organized into groups based on age and ability level, and will engage in fine arts experiences (i.e. song writing, musical ensembles, dance choreography, drama exercises), including social skill opportunities as well as a focus on increasing musical awareness.
You Can Play the Ukulele Camp
Our ukulele camp offers students a chance to become immediately successful in playing the ukulele with their peers in our adapted music program. This inclusion camp is for typically developing students, as well as students with special needs. Students will learn the first four chords (C, Am, F & G), basic strum patterns, finger/hand positions and songwriting skills.
The Learning Groove at Hobbitts Preschool
The Learning Groove is offered onsite to the students of Hobbitts Preschool. Our mission is to empower children to reach their full musical, academic and creative potential. TLG was created by Eric Litwin, author of the Pete The Cat picture books and special needs educator.
Music Therapy in the Community
Beyond Words has partnerships with several public schools, private schools, non-profit organizations and hospitals bringing music therapy to you in the community. Our contracts are tailored to your budgetary and programming needs. Contact Erin Jester for more details at 440-230-6100 x.700.