A student in an orange striped shirt playing a guiro and a student in a red striped shirt playing the tambourine.

Music for People with Disabilities

Instructor: Sara Devine
Location: Expressive Therapies - 250 Metro Drive, Appleton WI 54913

Community Guidelines Tuition Assistance

Music-making is the most human of experiences. It is a natural tool of expression that requires no extraordinary talent to experience and enjoy. For those with disabilities, being immersed in a music enrichment class is a joyful and potentially transformative experience. The Lawrence Community Music School offers music enrichment classes that are designed to facilitate socialization and communication, motivate interaction, improve social skills, andmost importantlyprovide students the opportunity to have fun through the use of different music techniques and activities. Classes are taught by Sara Devine, board-certified music therapist. Please email sara@expressivetherapies.net with specific questions about the curriculum or with information about a participant's needs.

Parents/guardians of children aged 1-4 with disabilities:

Please call our office to discuss our Early Childhood Music program: 920-993-6278

The Community Music School is an IRIS program service provider.


  • Music Enrichment for Youth with Disabilities (Age 5–Teen)

    Classes offer children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in musical activities that focus on interaction and socialization skills as well as fine and gross motor skills. Finger plays, songs, playing instruments, and movement enhance your child’s development with special attention to individual needs. Mobility needs accommodated. Classes are grouped by age. 

    Class Enrollment: minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students


  • Music Enrichment for Adults with Disabilities (Ages 20 and older)

    Adults with disabilities often seek an identity and validation; one of the ways to accomplish this is through musical expression. Classes for individuals 20 years of age and older provide opportunities for socialization, interaction and the use of music for self-expression. Through the use of singing, playing different instruments, movement to music, and working together as a group ensemble, participants gain confidence, improve self-esteem, and have fun utilizing music as the tool. Mobility needs accommodated.

    Class Enrollment: minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students

10-Week Spring Semester


10 weeks beginning January 31
(final schedule to be communicated by the instructor)

Class Times:
  • Mondays:
    • 4:30–5:00 p.m. (5-12 years)
    • 5:00-5:30 p.m. (19 years and older)
    • 5:30-6:00 p.m. (13-18 years)

$160 + $19 annual registration fee

COVID-19 Protocol:
  • As classes take place in person, students are expected to be full vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) against COVID-19.
  • Masks are required for students, caretakers, and staff. If a student is unable to wear a mask, please reach out to the instructor to discuss options: sara@expressivetherapies.net

Registration is closed for this session.

Fill out our interest form to receive information on future sessions.

Interest Form

Four photos: a student smiling and playing a percussion instrument with a stick, three students and a teacher posing with shakers, a student and adult playing with a parachute, and a laughing student shaking a tambourine.