Division on Visual Impairments

DVI Quarterly Volume 59(4)

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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Students Experience the Joy of Music: An Interview Interview with Beth Bauer, Ph.D., beth.bauer@wheaton.edu Community School of the Arts, Wheaton College By Kathleen Farrand, Doctoral Candidate, The Ohio State University Farrand.9@buckeyemail.osu.edu Earlier this year I was reading an article about the first student with visual impairments that enrolled in the Beethoven's Buddies program at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. I was inspired by how this student's musical gift was discovered with the instruction of Dr. Beth Bauer. Dr. Bauer is an educator that works tirelessly to include students with disabilities to unlock their musical talents and showcase them for others. Her passion for teaching music to students with disabilities is obvious. This article contains the report of an interview with Dr. Bauer describing the Beethoven's Buddies program and her work with her students. Q: What is your role in the Beethoven's Buddies music program? Dr. Bauer: I am the founder and coordinator of the program. I also teach private piano and have a second teacher who teaches piano and runs the chimes program. 32

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