I am a music educator who is dedicated to promoting inclusive music education by supporting other teachers. I currently teach high school guitar and music technology at Medford High School, MA, as well as leading adaptive beginning band lessons for adults in the Massachusetts area as a partnership with Autism Aspergers Network New England and Berklee College Music. In addition, I work as an educational consultant for Berklee's Saturday lessons program within their Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. I am passionate about working with teachers to create more inclusive musical experience for students, and have presented workshops and courses for educators on music and special needs these past three years. More information at www.sarahfardmusicedu.com
I firmly believe in a UDL approach to teaching. For me, that means flexibility in how students approach the material. I find that method books are great, but often focus on one type of learner. In aiming for multiple means of representation (music notation), I developed my own notation system based on extensive research on guitar notation and disabilities. I began using it in my own classroom and continued to tweak it from there- I have had success with students with this system who may have otherwise shut down with the "standard" music handout. I am publishing it here so that other teachers can try it- and give feedback! For many students (Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vision Impairment, for example), staff notation create a barrier to learning. I am publishing many of my handouts here in many forms of notation. This way, every student has access to the same curriculum.
Berklee Urban Service Award 2018
Bachelors of Music Education from the University of New Hampshire Masters of Music Education from Boston University Graduate Certificate in Music and Autism from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
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