• Action through music: a resource for change. Music therapy for a therapeutic day school. A program proposal for Ulster BOCES special education building

      Zifchak, Edward (2019-08)
      I am proposing a music therapy program for an Ulster BOCES therapeutic day school for children and adolescents with special needs. Among the wide variety of services that Ulster BOCES provides, which include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, counseling, a career academics program, intensive and typical management needs programs, a life skills development program, and an autism program for independent education, a music therapy program has yet to be developed. After working firsthand within this special education program as a substitute teacher, conversations about the potential to provide music therapy has caught the interest of the principal, assistant principal, and other faculty and staff who have endorsed the need for it. Throughout my master’s level education, I have learned a great deal about how music therapy can positively influence the lives and education of children and adolescents with unique needs. I feel my past interactions with and knowledge of this population gives me the skills necessary to provide music therapy at the Ulster BOCES Special Education site.