Lesser Amendment Supporting the Community Music School of Springfield Passes the Senate

Amendment provides funding for adaptive music program

BOSTON — On Wednesday, the State Senate voted to approve a budget amendment proposed by Senator Eric P. Lesser that provides $50,000 in state funding to the Community Music School of Springfield for the development of an Adaptive Music Program.

The program will provide music teachers with the training and resources needed to teach music to students requiring special education.

“This amendment will create an important resource for our Springfield public school students, offering every student, regardless of their ability, the opportunity to immerse themselves in an engaging and enriching educational experience,” said Sen. Lesser. “Studies have shown that music has a transformative impact on students’ education, particularly those with learning disabilities. This innovative program will provide teachers with the training they need to reach all learners.”

The program will connect music and special education to improve students’ lives, targeting social/emotional, academic, and artistic development, working directly with special needs students in the classroom, teaching music classes designed to include learners at all levels.

There is currently no other organization offering training in special education and music in Western Massachusetts. The Community Music School of Springfield’s Adaptive Music Partnership is the first program to offer specialized training and workshops in Western Massachusetts.

To date, the program has successfully completed teaching artist residencies, impacting over 300 students weekly. It has also completed three teacher workshops, including Springfield Public Schools District training, with two additional workshops scheduled for the spring.

The amendment will be included in the Senate version of the budget, which will be negotiated with House members before a final budget is sent to the Governor’s desk.