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Book review - Music for Special Kids: Musical Activities, Songs, Instruments and Resources
The way music is being used for learning in primary grades in general schools and for special kids is just imitation of some popular songs which are not appropriate neither for the cognitive levels nor the developmental levels of children.
In such a scenario, the book "Music for Special Kids: Musical Activities, Songs, Instruments and Resources" right kind of guidance for teachers who wish to make music as a vehicle for development of children in a pedagogically and developmentally sound way.

The book authored by Pamela Ott holds that music is a powerful means of engaging the group of children with multiple disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities including learning disabilities.

The book published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers is useful for both special educators and teachers since it explains both the theoretical underpinning of music in cognitive development as well suggests the classroom activities for the education and development of children with special needs.

For practicing special education teachers, the book of 190 odd pages works as manual and source book for singing, clapping, rhythmic moving and playing with sounds. Along with the exemplar songs, suggested simple, handy instruments and musical games that connect to children with varied range of ability, the book includes some rhythm worksheets and sheet music.

According to the book having 10 chapters, suggestions for choosing and creating relevant songs and activities for better communication, preserving self-esteem of children, and movements that provide scope for fine and gross motor skills and coordination have been given in the book.

The music activities suggested in the book capable of relaxing and educating special kids can be beneficially used by teachers, parents, caregivers, therapists in expressive arts and mainstream teachers working in inclusive education set up.

The book can work as a practical guide for the teachers and educators who wish to link learning with musical intelligence for a wide range abilities in a classroom. I think, imitating popular songs available in digital media should come to an end since they are neither developmentally appropriate nor lead to academic learning, I think.

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