A new partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is bringing unique music education to the children at the DuBard School for Language Disorders.
The School of Music funded a graduate assistantship that allows a doctoral student to teach music at DuBard School two days a week. As part of her doctoral studies, teacher Becky Halliday hopes to prove that music education can improve learning and language development in children diagnosed with speech, hearing and language disorders. DuBard School children learn how to sing and play instruments, which were donated through private contributions.
Halliday studied the DuBard Association Method™ so that she could implement her music lessons using the same multisensory learning techniques taught in the traditional classroom. Dr. Jennifer Shank, associate director of the Southern Miss School of Music, developed the curriculum for the new partnership.
“I want to see how adding music to the curriculum will impact language acquisition and learning,” said Halliday. “I have found that though many of these students have speech and hearing impairments, they have excellent rhythm. I am using their strengths to teach music.”
Halliday recently received top honors at the Southern Miss Symposium and Literary Review. She indicated that research on the connection between music and language development in children will likely be the topic of her ongoing research and doctoral dissertation. She is scheduled to teach music classes for the next two years as part of the pilot program.
A Kentucky native, Halliday, earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia. She is also the music education teacher at Sacred Heart Elementary School.
For more information about the DuBard School at Southern Miss, call 601-266-5223 or visit www.usm.edu/dubard/
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