Music Therapy Opens Doors for Students Left Out by Common Core

CPS schools are in the middle of a budget crisis. Without funds for arts & music programs, students with diverse learning needs may struggle in the classroom environment where Common Core State Standards are prioritized. Having these programs allows students to develop a passion for learning while also being expressive in their personal life. Real Chi Youth Reporter Chelsea Berry spoke with Alli Dunn, a music therapist at Chicago Music of Education, and Francesca Cole-Barnes, an elementary school counselor, and Rebecca Connie, an after-school media arts instructor, about how music can be used as therapeutic tool.

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