Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletMay 27, 2022

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Carondelet Music Center Offers Music Class for Children with Disabilities

Carondelet Music Center (CMC) is adding another dimension to its musical offerings.

Stefanie Sudduth, a certified Special Education Teacher, will offer "Wish Upon a Star," a music class specifically designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Performance from Texas Wesleyan University as well as a Master of Music degree in Opera from Binghamton University. As a licensed Kindermusik educator, she will offer the carefully crafted Kindermusik curriculum with adaptation for a small group of special learners. With sensitivity to the needs of each child's learning profile, Stefanie will progress at a pace that is appropriate to the classroom community. Depending on the child's needs, learning will be more structured, more visuals may be used, social interactions and eye contact encouraged, etc. It is Stefanie's goal to encourage active music-making and musical expression in a fun, relaxed, and enthusiastic way for parent/caregiver and child.

All lessons and Kindermusik classes are currently open to children with disabilities. However, this class may give parents and their child an opportunity to experience more focused attention to particular learning needs or a chance to "test the waters" for readiness in a larger integrated class.

Sister Patricia St. John, Founder and Executive Director of CMC states: “This is an important addition to our musical community. With respect to the Sisters of St. Joseph’s sponsorship of the Music Center and in light of the CSJ charism, I keep asking, ‘Who is being left out?’ This is one way to broaden our circle of the neighbor and embrace another population of the neighborhood.”

Of course, ministering to children with special needs is not new to the Sisters of St. Joseph. For years Carondelet Educational Center, a New York State chartered institution, serviced the needs of children with speech and hearing disabilities at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, home of CMC.

To learn more about the class and/or to register, click HERE.