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Student Empowerment Through SEL in Music Education: Supporting Neurodiversity, Through SEL & Music Education


Dec 8, 2021 06:16 PM

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Dr. Alice M. Hammel
@James Madison University
Dr. Alice Hammel, Virginia Music Educator Association Outstanding Educator (2018) and current President Elect of the Virginia Music Educators Association, is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is a member of the faculty of James Madison University, and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a co-author for four texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. Dr. Hammel is President of the Council for Exceptional Children – Division for Visual and Performing Arts Education.
Dr. Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz
Assistant Professor @Arizona State University
Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz, PhD, MT-BC, is Assistant professor of music therapy at Arizona State University. Her clinical expertise is in the area of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI) and music interventions for children, teenagers and young adults with autism, and their families; as well as women and children survivors of domestic violence. In 2004, she founded a music therapy agency in her home country (Mexico), where she provides clinical services and continuing education opportunities for professionals regarding music therapy, autism, and domestic violence. She has presented clinical and research posters and presentations in regional, national and international conferences. Her research has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Psychology of Music, Arts in Psychotherapy, and Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Elise Hackl-Blumstein
Accessible Music Teacher & Accessibility Coach
Elise Hackl (she/her) is a neurodivergent accessible music teacher & accessibility coach in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, working with neurodiverse individuals from preschool through adulthood. Elise is a proud alum of Illinois State University (BS in Music and Special Education), Concordia University Chicago (MA), and Wichita State University (MME). Her contributions can be found in music journals around the Midwest as well as printed work with Music ConstructED and Fflat Books. Elise has also contributed chapters for the GIA book Portraits of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning (edited by Scott Edgar, published in 2021), and for the Oxford University Press resource Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource (by Alice Hammel & Ryan Hourigan, published in 2017).