Written by an expert in the field who is both a teacher and a teacher-educator, this book is an in-depth and practical resource for educators and parents who wish to introduce music to children with hearing loss. Author Lyn Schraer-Joiner makes a compelling case for offering music education to children with hearing loss before presenting a series of important and up-to-date teaching strategies meant to inform their educational experience, including preparations for
the classroom, communication strategies for parents and teaching staff, and tips on more specific or technical matters such as conducting musical audiograms. These resources provide a solid background for hands-on instructional materials such as music lessons, supplemental activities, educational
resources, discussion points, and journal samples for the classroom and home.
Schraer-Joiner goes to great lengths to offer detailed, purposeful suggestions for specific classroom settings such as general music, choral ensemble, and instrumental ensemble as well as a set of recommended listening lessons that take this potential variety of settings into account. Furthermore, Schraer-Joiner provides suggestions for incorporating music into everyday activities and also presents an overview of recent research which reinforces the benefits of music upon social and emotional
development as well as speech and language development. Each chapter concludes with a section entitled For Your Consideration which features review questions, ideas, and instructional activities that teachers and parents can accomplish with deaf and hard of hearing children. The book's "Kids Only"
online component provides deaf and hard-of-hearing children with descriptions of the many opportunities available to them in the arts, free national case studies and stories, as well as important ideas and topics for deaf and hard-of-hearing children to consider discussing with the teachers, family members, and healthcare professionals that they work with.
The message of this book is a powerful one particularly in this day and age. As hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies improve and become increasingly widespread, all teachers-especially music teachers-should expect to see more deaf and hard-of-hearing children in their classrooms. Awareness and preparation are not only vital in aiding these children in the classroom, but are in fact required of teachers by federal law. This book is a comprehensive resource for teachers and parents
who wish to gain a better understanding of the emerging field of music education for students with hearing loss.
Dr. Lyn Schraer-Joiner is an Assistant Professor at Kean University, Union, NJ. Her research interests include the musical rehabilitation of adult cochlear implant recipients, the musical responsiveness of children with prelingual hearing loss, and hearing loss prevention for musicians. She is the founder of PROJECT REACH: The Kean University Concert Series for the Deaf, a student-faculty group which performs for Deaf schools throughout New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Her research findings have been presented on both the national and international levels and published in journals such as Music Education Research, The Music Educators Journal, and Early Childhood Development and Care. Dr. Schraer taught instrumental, vocal, and general music in New York for five years and has taught at the undergraduate level for 14 years.
Dedication ; Table of Contents ; Preface ; Acknowledgements ; About the Companion Website ; 1. Introduction: A Brief Look at the History of Music for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ; - The Hearing Process ; - Hearing Loss ; - Music and Hearing Loss; An Overview of Research Past and Present ; - Conclusions ; - For Your Consideration ; - References ; 2. For Parents: Important Decisions and Considerations ; - Initial Information Gathering ; - Early Identification and Intervention of Hearing Loss ; - Modes of Communication ; - Educational Settings ; - Socialization ; - Making a Difference Through Music ; - Conclusions ; - For Your Consideration ; - References ; 3. Adapting the Music Classroom: All-Purpose Suggestions and Approaches ; - Initial Preparation and Fact-Finding ; - Curricular Content: Making Music Accessible ; - Lesson Ideas for the General Music Classroom ; - Conclusions ; - For Your Consideration ; - References ; 4. Making the Case: Involving Children with Hearing Loss in General Music Lessons and Ensembles ; - Music Listening Lessons for the General Music Classroom ; - The Instrumental Music Program ; - The Choral Music Program ; - Conclusions ; - For Your Consideration ; - References ; 5. For the Music Education Student: Preparing for a Career in Teaching ; - Special Education and Disability Rights Laws: A Foundation for Student Advocacy ; - Making the Most of Methods Coursework and the Student Teaching Experience ; - Introductory Music Students' Teaching Experiences at a School for the Deaf ; - Conclusions ; - For Your Consideration ; - References ; 6. Hearing Aids, Assistive Listening Devices (ALD), and Other Sensory Devices ; - What are Hearing Aids and How Do They Work? ; - Types of Hearing Aids ; - Monitoring Hearing Aid Devices ; - Assistive Listening Technology for the Home and Classroom ; - Musical Sensory Devices for Individuals with Hearing Loss ; - Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Protective Gear and Resources ; - Conclusions ; - For Your Consideration ; - References ; 7. An Introduction to the Cochlear Implant ; - An Overview of the Device ; - The History of the Cochlear Implant ; - Pediatric Cochlear Implantation ; - Stimulation Rates and Speech-Processing Strategies: A Brief Overview ; - One Cochlear Implant User's Journey: The Story of "C" ; - Adjusting to Life with the Cochlear Implant ; - Controversies Associated with Pediatric Cochlear Implantation ; - Current Trends in Cochlear Implantation ; - Music and Cochlear Implanted Children: Involvement, Trends, and Implications for the Music Classroom ; - Conclusions ; - For Your Consideration ; - Refernces ; Appendix 1: Parent/Child Listening Together Journal ; Appendix 2: Child's Listening Activity Journal ; Appendix 3: Beethoven Biography and Listening Guide ; Appendix 4: Books for Kids ; Appendix 5: Arts-Related Opportunities for Kids ; Appendix 6: Sources for Parents and Teachers ; Appendix 7: Books for Parents and Teachers ; Notes ; Glossary ; Index