UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- It was a concert of a different sort on campus Tuesday night. It was called the Music For All Concert. It's a music venue for students with different disabilities.
It's interactive and opened with an "instrument petting zoo." It was a chance for young and old alike to get up-close and personal with music. The concert was held in the Music Building Auditorium and was free.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- It's the sound which makes some of us want to dance or maybe sing along, but for kids with disabilities, music may not be as fun. Some students hope to change that through a summer class at the UI. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau finds out what's involved in the class.
They're learning how to teach music to disabled kids and get them as involved as possible in class. As you'll soon see, they have a passion for the subject. These students are happy to be in class this summer because, on top of learning, they're getting ready to change lives.
"It's been really rewarding and uplifting."
"It's been really neat learning how to do that."
Learning how to teach kids with disabilities to love music with singing, dancing and a good education because these students aren't students when fall comes around.
"These are primarily experienced teachers that are taking a course on how to include kids with disabilities."
"I'm going to go back to next school year revamped and refreshed."
"We didn't always know how to include them and now I feel like I can go back and be like, 'Okay, let's do this!'"
But, before they can, they have to pass this class first. And like many others it includes a final project.
"One of the things that we're preparing for is a concert for kids with disabilities."
A concert which puts these music teachers on the stage.
"Yeah, we don't have to practice too much."
"Usually, at the traditional concert, you sit there, you watch, you clap and it's over. This concert is going to be a lot more interactive. The kids are going to be able to dance and move around, play instruments."
"This is a concert that's accessible to everyone and children are invited to come and perform with us on the stage and dance and be however they want to be."
Because marching to the beat of your own drum makes school and life much more enjoyable.
"I'm excited to see how the kids enjoy it."
"Just seeing all the kids enjoy music in different ways."
"It's really fun."
All the music for the concert is customized so it's not too loud or high for people with sensitivities. There will also be an interpreter for anyone who's hard of hearing. The concert is Tuesday night on the UI campus.
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