TRAP – Using Rhythm to Teach Academics and Life Skills

About TRAP Learning
The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) is an innovative and dynamic curriculum that teaches a variety of skills using rhythm as a modality. TRAP is designed for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as young children. Introducing this rhythmic concept gives the participants a fun way to approach basic life skills and academics that is as enjoyable to learn, as it is to teach; a win-win situation all around.

SKILLS ADDRESSED

The TRAP program has been successful in addressing cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities. Through customized exercises, the program teaches and enhances skills such as:

  • Focus
  • Memory
  • Socialization
  • Sequencing
  • Sign Language
  • Laterality
  • Motor control
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Communication

MULTI-SENSORY APPROACH

Each lesson combines four senses

  • Visual – you see the lesson
  • Tactile – you feel the instrument
  • Auditory – you hear the lesson read out loud
  • Speech – you speak the lesson

HOW IT WORKS

The Students: 

The TRAP curriculum was created specifically as a learning resource for individuals with disabilities and young children. The lessons can be taught one on one, but work best in a group environment when others can support and learn from one another. 

The Teachers: 

The TRAP class is typically instructed by a teacher, parent, support staff, or other facilitator that has received training. 

The Curriculum: 

The TRAP curriculum has dozens of lessons at various ability levels. The curriculum can be customized based on ability levels and goals. 

Lessons include: 

  • Counting
  • Colors
  • Sequencing
  • Arithmetic
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Shapes
  • and much more! 

The program package includes the curriculum book/ebook, instruments, and training. Once the package is purchased and the facilitators are trained, the organization or home is free to use and adapt the program as it works best for their needs. 

TRAP Philosophy

Group teaching occurs in an environment that is supportive, cooperative and fun, and members naturally develop confidence and a positive self-image. The behavioral process is one of the most significant aspects of The Rhythmic Arts Project. Our main purpose is to have fun and to learn in the process. However, it is important to keep in mind that learning requires high expectations, structure, and reinforcement.

Our students are all unique in their strengths and weaknesses. No matter what an individual’s ability level, we expect them to actively take part in a class. Those who are able to understand and perform the more advanced concepts can become model ‘teachers’ or ‘aides’ during a particular activity. Not everyone will fully engage in all the exercises. Some of our students may not have full use of their hands to grasp or the full range of motion to strike a drum. In this case, adapted equipment is used if possible or we can play the instrument or voice the responses for them, everybody participates. It is important to remember not to get discouraged if active participation does not occur immediately. The most important thing is to always expect more from your students; never tell us what they can’t do, concentrate on what they can.

The Rhythmic Arts Project lessons include hundreds of ideas compiled over nearly 22 years with therapists, doctors, teachers, administrators and experts in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The methodology is simplistic when followed chronologically and with guidance. The curriculum shows us how to how to make learning fun!

Eddie Tuduri,
CEO/Founder

The Rhythmic Arts Project is a non-profit 501(C)(3) company. We honor and celebrate diversity, regardless of disability, religion, race, creed or ethnicity.