Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

February 22nd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Filed under Cognitive, Inspiration, Mobile Apps, Uncategorized

Dawn Cousins, of New Lenox, uses an iPad to compliment her piano lessons. Credit Michael Sewall.

Dawn Cousins, of New Lenox, uses an iPad to compliment her piano lessons. Credit Michael Sewall.

A teacher in the suburbs of Chicago teaches traditional piano lessons by incorporating the iPad as a way to broaden disabled students’ learning opportunities.

Dawn Cousins, a certified music teacher, uses the app Tunes2You after seeing the iPad used in the classroom as an augmented training tool. Students with learning disabilities are particularly benefitted by the iPad’s visual and hands-on response to the touchscreen.

Music has also been proven to aid in the development of verbal memory, pattern recognition and literacy. Cousins has also created a website of her students’ performances, and uses the iPad to familiarize them with new music pieces to play.

“That’s what spurred the idea. I saw it solely used in the special needs classrooms. That’s what sparked my interest because I feel that’s an underserved student who isn’t taking piano lessons. I just have a special place in my heart for children with special needs.”

In many ways, music is a new form of Universal Design. As Cousins says, “It’s a universal tool for bringing people together.”

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