Friday, December 13, 2019

Add Drama and Music to your Special Needs Classroom

Professional Development: Online, Asynchronous and Self-paced

  • 5 Continuing Education Units Version
  • 3 Continuing Education Units Version
  • Google Classroom Platform

This creative, asynchronous online Professional Development course is intended for educational theatre troupes, teachers, teaching assistants, parents, paraprofessionals, therapists, aides and administrators who work with young people with special needs, ages 4 to 21.

Online participants will acquire skills in conducting creative drama and music activities for students who have a wide range of disabilities, as well as abilities. When you employ these newly acquired inclusive skills, your students will gain much improved communication, self-esteem, cooperation and a sense of fun.

Highlights include Universal Design for Learning, Multiple Intelligences, National Core Arts Standards, lesson plans, quizzes and ongoing communication with your online instructor via the assignments.

This course was crafted by Leslie Fanelli, Executive Director of the Arts Education Company, Theatre in Motion, honored by the Kennedy Center and part of the Tony Award-winning team at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

If you wish to enroll or obtain more information, please email: Please type “Online Drama Interest” in the subject line or call 908.723.0564.

There is also a non-credit version for anyone from other career circles, who is interested in the course but does not wish to pursue Continuing Education Units.

“This is a fantastic resource that all teachers can benefit from! These tools will help bring classrooms to life through the use of music and drama. Through this Google Classroom, I have been inspired to take some of these approaches and apply them to my teaching. These lessons build self-confidence, involve students in the learning, and promote positive and creative peer interaction. I would love to see this style of teaching used more in classrooms.”  WATCH HERE —Adam Ziering, actor and SPED teacher, South Orange-Maplewood, NJ, School District

“This course provides a substantial amount of quality activities, resources, and research. The lesson plans are thorough and provide many modifications and teaching materials which will prove useful when teaching students with disabilities. Self-esteem, strengthened communication skills, and pure joy are just some of the outcomes. I can attest that these activities can change a life.” —Molly Zervoulis, actress and Masters of Science in Teaching Exceptional Adolescents, Fordham University Special Education Teacher: Bayonne Board of Education, NJ