Grant expands choices to include special needs kids in music-making

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When students at Northwood Elementary go to their third- and fourth-grade music classes, most of them play recorders, but a handful of them grab bongos, bells, tambourines and xylophones.

Playing the recorders, which are plastic flutes, involves students moving air through the instrument while simultaneously reading music and quickly moving their fingers along the notes. Not all of Northwood Elementary’s students have the motor skills needed to play a wind instrument. Until recently, those students weren’t able to make music alongside the rest of their classmates.

Special education teacher Dawn Phelps and music teacher Judy Lamb wanted to be sure that all of the elementary school’s students had instruments to play during music class, and were awarded a nearly $500 grant from the Franklin Community Schools Education Foundation.

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