Special Needs Music Education
Special Needs Music Education
WHY DID WE START TOMORROW'S TONE?
We believe that music is a universal language that goes beyond any speech, background, race, and physical ability. Music is a human way of expressing emotion that everyone should have access to. Our program provides this access through music education. An education that gives opportunities to learn globally recognized and respected skills.
Ultimately, we started Tomorrow's Tone to address the lack of music education tailored to the Special Needs Community. We developed The Harmony Method by combining Music Theory with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is the science of correcting behaviors by using data-driven decisions. This unique combination lets us mold an individualized curriculum for each of our students.
"If they can't learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada
Tomorrow’s Tone is being built on the passion of 4 best friends wanting to make a positive change for the Special Needs Community. We met at California State University Fullerton, where we realized that our interests were similar. After spending time at CSUF and aligning our goals, Tomorrow’s Tone was born. Our unique backgrounds in Special Needs Education, Music Education, and ABA helped us to collaborate and create an entirely new way of teaching music that delivers results. We love what we do.
We have a love for music education and a passion for helping those with special needs. Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for the Special Needs Community through music education.
WHO BENEFITS FROM OUR PROGRAM?
We provide services for those with:
-Autism Spectrum Disorder
-Attention Deficit Disorder
-Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
-Traumatic Brain Injuries
-Any Behavior-Related Disease or Disorder
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
By correcting behaviors through data-driven decisions, we mold the teaching process to the exact way our students learn. Each student receives an individualized lesson plan built with a modified instrument that is tailored to their abilities. Our Harmony Method has been developed and refined to allow our Music Techs to create a conducive learning environment for our students to thrive in.
OUR HARMONY METHOD IN ACTION
All of our current students are showing steady progress in meeting and exceeding their personal goals. Take a look at some of our student results after only 6 Sessions with The Harmony Method!
The students in the following progress reports will be referred to as N, A, G, and J to protect personal information.
Student N has the remarkable ability of replicating a song on the piano after hearing it only once. This is amazing because he had never played a piano prior to taking lessons at Tomorrow’s Tone. He can now sight read music and use both of his hands independently. He has also learned to read 12 notes on the treble clef and can play 5-note sequences.
Student A is steadily progressing. He has learned to sight read half of the notes on the treble clef in only two sessions. He can now use his hands independently of each other and has mastered the skill of playing 5-Note sequences with both hands.
Student G has mastered 4 out of the 5 goals we have set for him in 5 sessions. He can sight read and play music without focusing on his hand placement. He has quickly become comfortable playing the piano and gets excited to play the piano at home, during his lessons.
Student J has completed 3 out of his 5 goals in 4 sessions. He knows how to identify 14 notes on the treble clef and play several 5-note sequences. He is currently learning to play one of his favorite Fleetwood Mac songs and is steadily progressing towards his personal goals.
Parent of Student J: “We always saw that our son connected to music in a special way. We were able to calm his meltdowns and temper his autism related sensitivities with music. So, we looked and looked for a program that would help him to tap into that musicality. We were never able to find someone that would teach him to play music while being able to handle his differences from autism until we heard about Tomorrow's Tone. After hearing the basis for this program and knowing that they were equipped to handle teaching him in an understanding way, we jumped in, and boy, has it paid off! He is showing such talent and drive in learning to play the guitar. He has pride in his achievements and looks forward to his sessions. He has even begun to teach his little brother how to play and is showing some leadership skills. Thank you to Tomorrow's Tone for unlocking the potential we always knew our son had!”
Teaching these students is a rewarding responsibility. With some patience and tools developed into The Harmony Method, we are able to mold students into the musicians they want to be. Not every day is perfect, though. Like most people, our students can have bad days too. On these days, we do our best to make their bad day into a productive one. Each student has their own motivations to succeed and we do everything in our power to get them there.
WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING?
There are 41 million Americans with special needs that can benefit from music education. Providing services to start addressing this community requires a larger space than what we currently have. California State University, Fullerton and their staff have been behind us since day one. They understand the importance of our program and have been allowing us to operate out of a classroom connected to their facilities.
Funds received through this campaign will help prepare and lease a facility that can begin to accommodate the Special Needs Community in Southern California. Any funds received that exceed our goal will be put towards student scholarships and program expansion.
With your help, Tomorrow's Tone can improve the quality of life for the Special Needs Community through music education.
LET'S SET THE TONE, TOGETHER!
More Information: TomorrowsTone.org/
Risks and challenges
There is one major challenge for our project. It's overcoming the fact that people will initially view us as Music Therapy, where we are Music Education. Music therapy is a great way to use music in a therapeutic way. It relieves stress and helps trauma victims. Tomorrow's Tone teaches instruments through lessons. We use our program to help behaviors through music education.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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