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In special education it is common for children with severe disabilities to have limited or no access to necessary experiences of playful exchanges with their peers and/or adults. Musical improvisation can provide a means of expression which allows children, regardless of the severity of their disability, to be involved in a creative process and experience feelings of choice, initiative and control. This paper presents the experience of the author’s work as a music teacher in a special needs school for students with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities. The author’s additional specialization in music therapy has enriched her work with students within the special needs school setting.

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