Music Education Advisor
A Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with more than 20 years of special education experience, Vienna has developed the “ABA & Music Training” approach, combining musical elements into the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching strategies. Vienna is the founder of a training centre, providing training to children with different degrees of special educational needs, and to their parents and educators. Vienna also speaks regularly in schools and to the public, sharing her expertise in the domain of ABA and special educational needs.
Vienna believes each child has his/her own abilities and needs, and that a happy child learns best. Identifying with UCM’s mission to gift our children the joy of learning and the ability to embark on a life-long journey of advancement and growth, Vienna joins UCM as our Music Education Advisor, to advise on UCM’s curriculum as well as to provide talks, workshops and training to teachers and parents of UCM.
ABA has been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective methods for training children in their early years, in particular children with special educational needs. It is a systematic approach that helps to change, improve and measure behaviour. Focusing on positive reinforcement, task analysis and repetition, ABA enhances children’s learning motivation, communication and language abilities, social behaviour, sensory and cognitive abilities, resulting in a reduction in behavioral problems.
Music stimulates brain activity and multisensory integration, and contributes to the development of speech, cognitive, motor coordination and social emotional skills. To give a few examples, music improves a child’s:
- articulation of speech, understanding of words, and exercising of jaws through singing;
- fine and gross motor skills and multisensory coordination through playing instruments;
- sound discrimination functions of the auditory system through the repeated execution of sound processing functions;
- perception of temporal organisation of phonemes, syllables, words and phrases from an ongoing speech stream, through the development of rhythmic sense;
- logical thinking and mathematical sense, through order arranging and sequencing;
- concentration, attentiveness and memory functions;
and many more.
Use of ABA techniques combined with music elements help teachers and parents to communicate with children more effectively, and facilitate children’s learning and development in a systematic way. Last but not least, music makes a child happy. Every child has an inborn desire to sing and dance, active engagement in music facilitates a child’s self-expression ability which is essential in developing self-confidence and social skills.