| Aug 7, 2023
CPMA Includes Medically Fragile Students in Music!
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Dear Friend of Inclusive Music,
Thanks for taking a few minutes to catch up with the work you've been helping make possible in the lives of homebound and hospitalized, medically fragile children!
This month, we're excited to share that Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom's work training teachers to adapt music to make a difference in learning and life for medically fragile students is heading into it's most exciting school year, yet! We're looking forward to teaming up with the Los Angeles Unified School District's Carlson Home Hospital School after a brief hiatus. Carlson serves the entire district, sending 80 educators out into homes and hospitals across the 760 square mile district.
We started bringing music to the teachers of students in this special population at Carlson 8 years ago, and over the years, the have taken what they learned in GITC workshops and residencies to new heights. For the first time, the school has purchased 80 ukuleles, and hired an official Arts Champion who will coordinate arts education across the school district for homebound and hospitalized children. The school also has its own arts education budget now, too. We're hoping to help other Arts Partners in LAUSD learn to bring their services to the students, too.
Those of you who helped us launch this revolutionary work way back when are responsible for the fact that things have progressed so far. Your original gifts and encouragement helped us afford instruments, supplies, training, and so much more. Thank you very much for giving us the chance to see what could be possible, and begin to refine it. Now it's possible for kids with every manor of physical and medical challenge to explore and express themselves through visual, sensory, and vocal communication. This can include singing, playing percussion and stringed instruments adaptively, and accessing music through keyboards and music apps using adaptive technology. There is still so much more to learn.
We're also thrilled to be working this fall in San Diego once again with the amazing team at the Home Hospital Transition Supports School. HHTS has supported GITC to train all interesed faculty members in adaptive instruments and teaching strategies, and has supported the development of individual music residencies in which HHTS teachers team up with our teaching artists to serve specific children and their families together.
Family involvement is key! In collaboration with HHTS, we've continued holding weekly Family Music Hour zoom sessions on Fridays with "Mr. Jody" and his report is incredibly encouraging. Parents and their children attend together, faithfully in a vibrant, cross-aged community. Children are learning to socialize, parents are making friends and planning playdates, and everyone sings and plays together for an hour, giving time to individuals to share their favorite songs. This is a big change from where children and families started in 2022, hesitant and unsure of what to expect. Your encouragement and support of these efforts are making a difference across a large area of Southern California. We hope we can find ways to bring the work to additional school districts in 2023-2024 with your help. .
Thanks so much for caring, contributing, and sharing these stories. It's important to tell others what you've done to help. They may not know such things are possible.
Let's continue to dream big, bring down barriers, and connect people eager to find inspiration and possibility through making music together in their own, extraordinary ways.
Wishing you a beautiful rest of the summer,
P.S. Please check out the new case study on GITC's work at the Creative Performing and Media Arts Middle School published last month by EALA, the Educating All Learners Alliance!