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Something that you want us to know about you or something about you that is interesting:
I have lived in Crescent City California all my life until recently moving to Ashland to attend Southern Oregon University. Being from Northern California, I enjoy numerous outdoor activities including surfing, longboarding, hiking, rafting, kayaking, biking, camping, climbing giant Redwood trees and basically anything having to do with being outside. I love life in the outdoors and hope to work with an outdoor school one day. I love music and have my favorite genres, but I appreciate all artists for expressing their talents with music.
Explain your education & career goals:
I attended College of the Redwoods in Crescent City California, where I received an associate of Arts degree, and am currently enrolled in the Elementary Education program at SOU. I look forward to finally becoming an elementary school teacher in my future, but still have much more experience to gain and school to complete before I will feel comfortable having my own classroom.
What brings you joy?
Family brings me the most joy. I have two sisters who are twins and one brother. I am the baby of the family. I am the first of my siblings to go to college, although they are all starting their college careers now. Also, surfing brings me joy, there is not many better feelings than being out in the water. Everything is calm, peaceful, and relaxing when I'm there in the ocean, whether the waves are great, decent, or just downright flat I always have a great time. Something else that brings me joy is when I can see I made a difference in someone's life.
What is your greatest fear about being a teacher?
My greatest fear is not connecting with all my students or not being able to manage my classroom. Another fear I have, is my classroom not being a positive environment. The only kind of discouragement I want to promote in my classroom is towards negativity. I want my classroom to be welcoming and I need my students to feel safe, if they do not feel safe, they will not learn to their full potentials.
Did you ever experience a time when something was extremely difficult to learn?Explain that time and how it made you feel.
Yes. I had the hardest time with math all throughout school. I did very well in elementary school, but when we started to transition into algebra and more complex mathematics I had a horrible time with it. I felt defeated. I did very well in every other subject, but when it came to math I had a rough time wrapping my head around the concepts and why we needed to be learning it. Something changed my freshman year of high school, I had an amazing teacher that could explain everything to me and would take the extra time to help me understand and after that I started to love math. He made me feel confident and it stuck with me.
How might this piece of your history help you connect to students with learning differences?
I am going to be that teacher in my students' lives that takes the extra time to really help them understand the things they are learning. I will encourage and push each of my students to help them reach their full potentials. I will make learning a fun experience.
What do you want to gain from this course?
I want to learn the strategies behind teaching students with exceptionalities and how to include them in my curriculum.

Introduction:
Music is an extremely theraputical subject for everyone, and especially for people with exceptionalities. I chose to learn about inclusion strategies in music becuase I have a high interest in music already. I believe that music can change lives. It can take your emotions on a rollercoaster, it can make you happy, sad, mad, determined, pumped, relaxed,and so many more. I wanted to know more about how I could impliment music in my classroom because music is being destroyed by the education department by taking it away from schools.

Top 5 Things I learned While Completing This Project:

1. Music is a subject that can be implimented in any situation. Whether you are actually in a music classroom or in the kitchen music can applied wherever you are.

2. Music is everywhere. If you go anywhere, there is music to be found.

3.Everyone can make, enjoy, feel, see, touch, and be touched by music

4. . Music is theriputical. Music therapy is applied in many situations. Majority of the resources i found had to do with music therapy and how insperational and rewarding it can be.

5. Music and art go hand in hand. They are both extremely theriputical and are both alternate ways of comminucating. People with exceptionalities bennifit to an extreme from both.

Top Resource: 5/5
http://faculty.washington.edu/demorest/Hammel2004.pdff
This site has a plethora of information about inclusion methods in music, but also gives much more information about how to be a teahcer and impliment art inclusion. It breaks down excaclty what you need to do and how to do it. It also gives many more resources, on the web, in books, and articles that support special learners
Resource 1: 5/5
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/18/131413172/enabling-the-disabled-to-play-sweet-music-
This is an amazing article found on the National Public Radio website. There is an orchestra made up of about 60 people with and without disabilities and they play together and perform all over.
Resource 2: 5/5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJiM1R-1k5E

This is a vido about empowerment through music therapy.

Resource 3: 4/5
http://www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com/Article/The-Benefits-of-Music-Therapy-for-Children-with-Special-Needs/81662
This an article is about the benefits of music therapy for children with special needs. (just like the title says) It talks about how music helps children focus and how music is easier for children to absorb and retain.

Resource 4: 6/5
http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/inclusivecurricula/sen/mu.htm
This is an amazing website!!!!! It has many different sections of links to almost anthing you can think of about music and special education needs.
Resource 5: 5/5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jymVA1TbuzA

This video is of a young man with an exceptionality, who is extremely musically gifted.

Resource 6: 2.75/5
Music for All: Teaching Music to People with Special Needs, By Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming
This is one of the only books i could find on inclusion strategies in music that seemed to be beneficial. This book gives many great activities on how to impliment music in an inclusive classroom. The reason for the low score is because it doesn't seem to be up to date.
Resource 7: 4/5
http://blogs.scholastic.com/special_ed/music/
This website has great information on how to include music in the classroom and outside the classroom.
Resource 8: 5/5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMcluz5znDo

This is another facitlity that focuses on music therapy. In the video they explain what they do and how effective their programs have been in the past.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSJPccklQTU
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