Inclusion at Dahl Studio
Dahl Studio classes are all about joyful, guided music-making for the whole family, regardless of age, stage, learning style, or disability. Because the things we do in class are developmentally appropriate for all participants, you and your child with a special need or disability are always welcome to join our warm and inviting communities of singing, dancing, instrument-playing families.
As the owner and music specialist at Dahl Studio, and a parent of a child with a disability and other children with special needs myself, I have seen the power of music first-hand in my own family’s life and in the lives of other families who have children with special needs or disabilities. This is why making music accessible to everyone is so important to me! Read below to learn about how we accept and include at every step of our music-making pathway!
Mixed-Age and Rhythm Kids Group Classes
Children with special needs fit right in to our Mixed-Age and Rhythm Kids classes! Mixed-Age classes include children from birth through age 3 and Rhythm Kids 4-5 with a caregiver, so most of them are at different stages of development. All learning styles are respected, and regardless of age or stage, all children are encouraged to participate in their own way.
If you are interested in visiting a free Mixed-Age or Rhythm Kids class, here are a few suggestions to make your experience as positive as possible:
Be sure your child is well rested and not hungry. It's hard to be musical on an empty stomach!
Arrive a few minutes early to allow your child to get accustomed to the classroom.
Show enthusiasm about being in music class! If you think Music Together is fun, so you will your child.
Allow your child to experience the class in their own way—this is a great opportunity to observe your child experiencing music!
If your child is learning about gentle touch, stay close by and, when needed, gently redirect them back to making music with you.
Feel free to speak with your Music Together teacher or center director if you have questions or concerns.
At Music Together®, we know that all children are musical, including children with special needs. Everyone is welcome to participate in our mixed-age classes, including children with cognitive, physical, or neurological needs or impairments. In fact, your child will most likely thrive in class, because our “accept and include” philosophy means that we respect different ages, stages, and learning styles. And if any adaptations for your child are necessary, we have a board-certified music therapist on staff to help teachers modify the activities for children with special needs.
Special care is made to also make our private lessons accessible by using a child-led approach as well as a variety of method books and adaptations to reach and nurture every child's musical ability. Parents are included in the decision-making process, and the children's and parent's goals are paramount.
The benefits of music for children with special needs are well known.
Children with special needs are welcome to participate in our Mixed-age, Rhythm Kids Classes, or Private Studio. All of our classes and lessons provide a fun, no-pressure setting designed to make all families feel comfortable.
Dahl Studio is registered as a provider for services through the Disability Resource Center (respite as well as SDFSA).
Please call/text us at 702-283-6163 or email email@example.com with any questions!