Dr. Elise Sobol literally wrote the book on music therapy for disabled youngsters as the author of "An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners."
This award acknowledges individuals who have provided outstanding contributions to quality music education for every student. Sobol is the full-time music teacher at Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education, Rosemary Kennedy School. Since 1993, she has been the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Chairperson of Music for Special Learners.
“We greatly value the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements and vision of [Elise Sobol] who has done so much for music education,” said Barbara Novice, President, MEANYC. “Dr. Sobol has provided outstanding music instruction to our students and has impacted the field of music education for special learners throughout her career. She is highly deserving of this recognition,” said John Picarello, Principal, Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School.
Part of the Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education, the Rosemary Kennedy School provides an outstanding program of comprehensive educational services that develops students' academic, social-emotional, and pre-vocational skills to the fullest extent possible so that they can become productive members of society. The schools multidisciplinary team designs strategies to achieve the goals and objectives established in each student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). Traditional educational methods are used in conjunction with state-of-the-art technology to provide motivating programs for students.