Differentiation Strategies



It is my goal to enable all music students to experience success in music. I'm regularly adjusting the curriculum and assessments to meet the unique needs of all learners in the class. Below are some common adjustments based on the types of learners in class. However, each child's needs are unique. If there is ever anything I can do to support your child's success in music, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help.


Talented & Gifted

  • Leveled assessment pieces in singing and playing on instruments as needed
  • Website resources for leveled note name practice at home
  • Leveled note name flash cards
  • Web-based theory & musicianship games
  • Teach/assist others in the development of musical skills
    (example: help a friend with the fingerings on the recorder)
  • Student compositions

English Language Learners

  • Leveled assessment pieces in singing and playing on instruments as needed
  • When possible, assessment pieces in multiple languages provided as options for self-selection.
  • Printed copies of song texts sent home before music program for extra practice
  • Written communication for performances available in English/Spanish
  • Where available, practice videos with words (with and without choir) used in class and posted to grade level pages of music website
  • Word wall cards with pictures for musical & non-musical vocabulary development

Special Education

  • Leveled assessment pieces in singing and playing on instruments as needed
  • Instruments used to assess playing ability modified as needed
  • Printed copies of song texts sent home before music program for extra practice
  • Where available, practice videos with words (with and without choir) used in class and posted to grade level pages of music website
  • Technology-assisted administration of note name tests
  • Modifications of time allotted for testing
  • Website resources for leveled note name practice at home
  • Leveled note name flash cards
  • Word wall cards with pictures for musical & non-musical vocabulary development