May 2016 VSA Webinar: “Music & Math in Motion: A New Learning Approach to Counting in 4/4 Time and Tempo Concepts for Students on the Autism Spectrum”

In “Music & Math in Motion: A New Learning Approach to Counting in 4/4 Time and Tempo Concepts for Students on the Autism Spectrum”, viewers are introduced to a variety of systematic strategies on how to introduce the musical concepts of counting in 4/4 time and understanding tempos to young students on the autism spectrum. Not only do the viewers come away with strategies they can employ in their classes, but also a knowledge of the process of trial and error behind the development of these strategies. As a Jazz artist, Cecilia Smith has developed many music concepts for people with a variety of handicaps. After being introduced to children with severe autism spectrum disorder, she was presented with a new challenge on how to teach music concepts. Tapping into this population’s desire for routine and repetition, Cecilia saw how counting rhythms developed in a variety of repetitive motion games, could lead to meaningful music concept learning in children with autism. This engaging webinar introduces to students to three stages of music: counting rhythm, tempo through song, and repetition through tactile activities.

Click on the play button below to watch a free recording of the Webinar. (You will be prompted to enter your email address and contact information prior to viewing the Webinar.)

May 2016 Webinar Video Blog

Presenters:

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Cecilia Smith is a jazz artist, composer, multimedia artist and teaching artist. As a teaching artist Cecilia has developed numerous music education programs that address individuals who are challenged with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and physical handicaps. Cecilia serves as a Master Teaching Artist in Marquis Studio’s Teaching Artist Training Institute (TATI), which trains arts educator to work with students with autism.

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Maya Turner Singh serves as the Education Manager for Marquis Studios. Maya is also a founding member of Global Empowerment Theatre, a grass-roots Educational Theatre organization that brings English literacy and Gender equity through theatre workshops to under-privileged students in East Africa and India


Summary of Discussion Topics:

  • Background on Marquis Studios/VSA-NYC
    • Became VSA/NYC affiliate in 2012
    • Hosts the Teaching Artist Training Institute (TATI Program)
    • Annual Calendar created by NYC D75 Students
    • “A Year in Pictures” Gallery Event at Pratt Institute
  • Introducing Cecilia Smith
    • Internationally known Jazz Artist
    • Composer, arranger, multimedia artist
    • Currently developing multimedia piece entitled Decisive Moments
    • One of the leading vibraphonists in four-mallet technique
    • Graduate and former faculty member of Berklee College of Music
    • 25+ years experience as a teaching artist
    • 20 years of serving special populations, including both children and adults in therapeutic and school settings
  • Meeting the students at PS 37R and PS 94M
    • PS 37R – Staten Island, NY
    • PS 94M – Manhattan, NY
  • The search for a new method to teach counting and tempo
    • What didn’t work
    • The Time Machine
    • How do we measure time?
    • 60 bpm vs. 120 bpm
    • BPM TAP APP
  • What was a challenge?
    • Different Point of Entry
  • What was a success?
    • Coordinated Partner Strategy
    • Rate of Speed and Tempo Changes
  • Conclusions

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