Special Education Music FAQ


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Tuned in to Learning® Special Education Music FAQ

View our Quick Links to the right for a complete list of the questions in this FAQ relating to our curriculum and special education music. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered, send us an email and let us know!

Q: Is there research to support special education music and the Tuned in to Learning® program?

A: Tuned in to Learning®’s special education music incorporates a variety of evidence-based techniques from the fields of special education, autism, Neurologic Music Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis such as music mnemonics, photographic cues, textual cues, scripts, task analyses, and prompt-fading procedures. These techniques have been specifically selected as many of the students utilizing our program are on the autism spectrum.

Our special education music curriculum is intended to be used as an integrated approach within the student’s wider educational or home program and is not a substitute for specific therapy services or treatment techniques.

To view research on music with specific diagnoses click here.

Q: What age range is the Tuned in to Learning® curriculum designed for?

A: Because our songs encompass a variety of musical styles, and avoid nursery-rhyme types of tunes, they can benefit a wide age range. It’s most important that you select volumes that contain goals that match the needs of the child or teen who will be using the program. As a general reference, the following age ranges are provided for each volume.

  • Volume 1 (social skills): Ages 3-12
  • Volume 2 (language concepts): Ages 2-10
  • Volume 3 (daily living/ self-regulation): Ages 3-12
  • Volume 4 (“wh” questions): Ages 4-14
  • Volume 5 (academics): Ages 4-14
  • Volume 6 (discrete trial/readiness skills): Ages 2-10
  • Volume 7 (emerging speech/oral motor): Ages 2-8
  • Volume 8 (skills for students with multiple disabilities): Appropriate for children and young adults
  • Volume 9 (adapted dance/movement): Appropriate for children and young adults

Q: Can the Tuned in to Learning® curriculum be used with students who are pre-verbal?

A: Adaptations for pre-verbal students are provided for many of the Tuned in to Learning songs. For Volumes 1-5, you’ll find these adaptations in the “Lesson Plans” section at the beginning of each song. In addition, flashcards and bonus visual supports contained on the companion CD-ROMs for Volumes 1-5 can be used for students who respond best by pointing, choosing the correct photo, or eye gaze rather than speech.

For Volumes 6 and 7 (Music CD & CD-ROM sets), adaptations are provided in the lesson plan section of the CD-ROM. Note that both Volume 6 (Discrete Trial & Learning Readiness) and Volume 7 (Emerging Speech & Oral Motor) are geared towards students who are pre-verbal or have emerging verbal skills.

Volume 8 (Skill Building for Students with Multiple Disabilities) is a Music CD specifically designed for students who are pre-verbal and are accessing basic augmentative communication such as a BigMack® switch.

Q: What are the “Adapt-a-Song” versions featured on many of the Music CDs?

A: At the end of the Music CDs for Volumes 1-7 you’ll find additional versions of the songs called “Adapt-a-Song” versions. These versions contain the same chorus and music as the original song but leave out the target instructions or questions. This allows you to create new verses for the student to respond to.

For example, in the song “Numbers Man” (from Volume 5), the first verse instructs the student to “Find number 3.” In the Adapt-a-Song version of Numbers Man, this instruction is removed, so that the teacher may vary the target to a different number such as “Find number 16.”

This is particularly helpful when individuals master initial content quickly, or for students who learn at a slower pace, and would benefit from the same target being repeated multiple times.

Q: Are there books available for all of the Tuned in to Learning® volumes?

A: Books are included for Volumes 1-5. Volumes 6 and 7 do not include books, but do come packaged with a CD-ROM which contains printable lesson plans, flashcards, and other visual material. Because the skills addressed in these volumes can frequently be taught through adult modeling and imitation, the visual supports are generally not required to use these songs.

Volumes 8 and 9 are standalone Music CDs, which do not come with supporting visual material. The skills addressed in these volumes are more physical in nature and would benefit from the instructor providing hands on assistance or demonstration rather than use of photo or text cues.

Q: What is included on the CD-ROMs?

A: CD-ROMs are available as a companion product for the Volume 1-5 Book/CD sets. To view CD-ROMS for Volumes 1-5, visit the main product pages for these volumes and scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll see a CD-ROM icon. In addition, CD-ROMs come pre-packaged with Volumes 6 and 7.

Please note that CD-ROMs for Volumes 1-5 do not contain music and are not intended to be standalone products. They do contain helpful bonus material for customers who have already purchased a Book/CD set.

CD-ROM content for Volumes 1-5 include:

  • All lyric/photo pages from the book in printable format.
  • Song icons for use with visual schedules or choice boards.
  • Bonus flashcards, worksheets, checklists, and art projects
  • Data sheets for 1:1 and group instruction

CD-ROM content for Volumes 6-7 include:

  • Song icons for use with visual schedules or choice boards.
  • Sign language which can be used along with songs
  • Lesson plans
  • Flashcards
  • Data sheets for 1:1 and group instruction

Q: What are the computer requirements for the CD-ROMs?

A: You will need the current version of Adobe Reader. Manual start-up of the CD-ROM is required for Mac users by clicking on the CD-ROM file name on your computer after booting. You will need Quicktime Media Player (for Volume 1 CD-ROM only)

Q: Do you provide teacher trainings or workshops?

A: Trainings are currently provided in San Diego county and surrounding areas. A training includes demonstration, video, and lecture relating to implementation of the Tuned in to Learning® program. Personnel who typically attend the Tuned in to Learning trainings include special education teachers, speech therapists, paraprofessionals, resource teachers, autism specialists, and other related therapy providers. To inquire about a training in your area, please email us.