Kennedy Center's "Music For Every Student" Program Reaches Students with Multiple Disabilities
May 13, 2015

Master Teaching Artist and Percussionist Vincent Ector was the Arts Horizons artist-in-residence at the Horizons School in Livingston, New Jersey. He presented the 2015 VSA Music for Every Student program under a contract with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Horizon Elementary School serves students throughout New Jersey between ages 3-13 with multiple disabilities. The curriculum stresses functional learning – increasing life skills and enhancing a child’s ability to gain as much independence as possible. The school also emphasizes self-determination, independence, and communication.  The Arts Horizons Music Program, under contract with the Kennedy Center, advocates that all children deserve an opportunity to an educationally rich, diverse and sequential music education as it enhances the students’ emotional and social growth. 

Ector developed the program, ‘Multicultural Percussion and Music Creation through Technology’ for four classes of students at CPNJ comprised of Pre-K, primary aged and intermediate aged classes. Students participated in music composition through percussion and technology with the use of traditional African, South American and Caribbean percussion instruments.  An arts and technology component was introduced using Digital Audio workstation and Garage Band Software. Students learned how to use the basic elements of music, such as rhythm, melody, harmony and timbre in their original compositions and/or motifs and were challenged on basic systems of music notation.

Vince Ector is currently the Instructor of Jazz Percussion at Princeton University and has been featured as a Clinician at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Lincoln University, Belgrade, and Serbia Jazz Festival. He has extensive experience working in the NYC public school system, primarily in districts for children with special needs.  Vincent is currently in demand as a recording musician and as a performer at jazz festivals throughout the world with numerous international artists such as, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston Octet, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Stars & Big Band, Bobby Watson & Horizon, Gloria Lynne, Steve Miller, Jose Feliciano, Nat Adderley Jr., Ben E. King and Lou Donaldson.

For more information, contact Dena Malarek, Arts Horizons, Director of Special Populations, dena@artshorizons.org