Students at LHMS who have been identified as talented in music attend a "Talented Music" class twice a week for approximately two hours a session. An IEP (Individual Education Program) is written for each child which identifies goals and objectives written for that child's area of talent: singing, piano, etc.

The Talented Music Program is different than other music classes which the child may attend with their homeroom class. It also differs from other one-on-one or small group instruction in violin, cello, etc. To quality for the Talented Music Program, students must go through a screening, evaluation, and audition process. An outline of the process and some of the screening criteria are listed below.

Screening Process for Talented Music

A student is identified by his/her regular or special education teacher as having artistic needs which are not being met in the class in which the student is enrolled.

The classroom teacher may want to read the Special Education talent handout "Characteristics of a Talented Student' before actually screening for talent in her class. This will provide some examples of behavior displayed by those who have exceptional ability in the arts.

After the teacher has identified one or more students who appear to excel in a particular arts area, the appropriate talent screening instrument obtained from special education is completed by the teacher.

Every item on the screening instrument receiving a score of four or higher must be documented with examples, or samples, of the student's work, whichever is more appropriate.

The screening teacher then presents the completed screening instrument and documentation to the School Building Level Committee where the child is enrolled.

The School Building Level Committee reviews the information and determines if the student is eligible for a full evaluation in talent according to Bulletin 1508 screening criteria.

If it is determined that the student is eligible for a full evaluation, the pupil appraisal office of special education will complete screening procedures and assign an evaluation coordinator.

The evaluation coordinator initiates the process for a full evaluation.


Talented Music Screening Instrument

The student:

Is eager to participate in musical activities.

Is sensitive to the rhythm of the music; responds through body movements to changes in tempo of the music.

Shows exceptional and/or fluent use of original, creative, or divergent ideas.

Plays one or more musical instruments (or expresses a desire to); and/or sings with confidence.

Demonstrates a high level of concentration for a sustained period of time.

Is recognized by peers as talented in music