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Successfully Supporting and Engaging Students With Exceptionalities in Band and Orchestra

Podcast Episode Summary

In this episode Nick Averwater talks with Emily Kelley, Director of Bands at Southview High School in Sylvania, OH, and author of the new book Inclusion in Band and Orchestra, which is part of the Maximizing Student Performance series by the Kjos Music Company. Our conversation was recorded July 20, 2022.


Podcast Guest

Emily Kelley

Emily Kelley is the Director of Bands at Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, Ohio. Mrs. Kelley received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University and earned her Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan.

As a child and young adult, Mrs. Kelley had many opportunities to cooperatively engage students with exceptionalities. Her father, Chuck Hage, served as a teacher in a special education self-contained public school classroom for students of varying, developmental delays. Emily enjoyed visiting and working with her dad and his students quite often. Elisa Huss-Hage, Emily’s mother, taught at a community college for many years where she prepared teachers for the field, including courses that focused on meeting the needs of every learner. Additionally, Emily has had several family members with cognitive challenges, including an aunt who lived with her for a significant portion of her childhood. These experiences fostered in her the importance of ensuring equitable educational experiences for all students.

In the process of developing this resource, both Chuck and Elisa, alongside several Sylvania Schools special education professionals and families served as valuable resources and consultants.

During her tenure in public school education, Mrs. Kelley has worked with a plethora of students with many types of exceptionalities. The culmination of those experiences has inspired Emily’s interest in supporting other music educators.

Photo & Bio credit: KJOS Music Company

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Posted by Emilee McGee at 15:22