Exploring Music Education Opportunities for Gifted Students

For gifted students, music education offers self-fulfilling benefits

When it comes to music education, there are many choices. You could send your child to Music Connection, a Seattle-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to serving the needs of people and performers alike through direct services, strategies, programs, strategies, and materials. For a focus on Music Achievement, select another Seattle-based non-profit arts organization such as SoundStage 3000, focusing on and providing training and opportunities for artists of all ages and skills.

For students in elementary school, a music background can be pivotal. A good teacher with an enriching musical program will engage a child in the curriculum in ways that materials can’t always provide. And a child’s love of music will fuel their creativity as they study music’s many facets – not just playing it once.

Music education opportunities in elementary schools today aren’t limited to those found in Seattle schools. A number of quality programs exist throughout Washington and across the nation, with a substantial number of centers focused on K-12 academic music programs.

Every child deserves the best when it comes to education, but some may need more than others. What are Gifted Schools? How do I know if my child is in Gifted Schools? I have 3 questions I’d like to ask. What does my child look like? Can I help you? And finally, how do I know what Gifted Schools are like where my child will end up? This, I know will help you make a more informed decision.

I feel confident asking these questions because I’ve been in and out of special education for years. I currently have a client with an 18-year-old female student. She’s been “diagnosed” as both gifted and talented (GS), which means she’s IQ is in the top 1/10th percentile and she Often gets top grades. She’s also got two other clients with IQs in the top 1/10th and they also frequently get the top grades.

She’s also been diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability (which means she’s a left-brain or non-primary language learner. This is why she gets by just fine using the public library. She does however have significant vision issues, and one of her strategies is reading eBooks.

In my experience working with students with disabilities from all over the world, I have found that students in schools with a culture or preference for one of these reading perspectives get a raw deal. Public school systems that are not culturally or preference-based have historically been very successful at getting students to adapt to these reading perspectives. However, schools that are “carefully tailored” to a small student population that is focused on a single perspective (such as Gifted and Talented) can get the most out of individualized techniques and strategies.

Nick’s perspective is not merely the perspective of being a middle schooler, but it is the perspective of being a human. The design of Nick’s schoolwork has been implemented by his non-English speaking teacher and the English teacher at his school. The unique work can focus on NCLB mandated subjects, but allows Nick to pursue areas of interest such as his passion for becoming a public speaker and artist.

The story of “vetting the tutor” illuminates how a person’s background or values can prime or displace their learning. What is the meaning of education?

I answer this question by studying the way in which students are socialized. What experiences do they have with the world? Are they teeing off on the piano like Mozart or wandering around the garden. What do you think makes for a great educational experience?

Public, parochial, and private schools can offer unique curricula or enhanced opportunities in participating students. Parents and students need to be aware that curricular methods are not necessarily the same in non-public and public schools. An agenda-based curriculum may be tougher to get through in public than in private, but there are many subjects and core values that are universal.

In short, educating alone is a perspective that is exclusive to the individual. Without the individualized interventions and strategies that individual students respond to, social education may amount to nothing more than government-mandated activities with a uniform curriculum and a friendly learning environment.