Our music program lets all students experience and engage in joyful music making in a group through structured music classes. The program aims to teach basic musical skills while providing students the opportunity to generalize skills they are working in their classrooms, and with our Related Services Team (e.g., coordination, fine motor skills, speech skills). Students will engage with music in a variety of ways- singing, moving, playing instruments and listening. Each student is involved in meaningful music making at a level that meets their individual needs.
Kayla McLaughlin moved to Boston and started at Crossroads in September 2018 as our first full-time Enrichment Teacher. Prior to Crossroads, she spent several years teaching general music in the New Jersey Public Schools. It was during that time that she saw a need for the development of arts programs for individuals with disabilities- which in turn sparked a new passion.
Kayla received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where she was trained in classical voice. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Music Education with a Concentration in Autism from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. On Saturdays, Kayla works at the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs as a private piano and voice teacher and co-facilitates the Inner Harmony Chorus for individuals with disabilities. Additionally, she is a graduate assistant for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Music and Autism program.
Kayla enjoys the unique experience of working creatively with all the students at Crossroads in their WEEKLY music and art classes! In her free time she loves exploring Boston with friends, going to the beach, and visiting her family back in New York.