music therapy

New school in session for students with Autism

Sep 2, 2014

A new private day school for students with autism spectrum disorder opens for the first time Wednesday. It’s called ACCESS Academy, which stands for Assuming Competence Can Ensure Student Success.

The school’s teaching approach is the first of its kind, not just in Evansville, but also the Midwest.

When music therapist Casey DePriest discovered how great the need was for local families of kids and teens with autism, she developed a strategic plan that included a non-profit, a day-school and an after-school program.

Teenagers with autism speak out with 'real voices'

May 2, 2014
Cass Herrington / WNIN News

This is the story of three teenage boys. They are 15, 17 and 18 years old, and they all have severe autism spectrum disorder. Their experiences living with the condition are unique, but the young men share an eagerness to share their stories with the world. 

Cass Herrington

Local musicians and music enthusiasts are connecting with listeners in some surprising ways. We'll hear how various educational programs in the area are catering to students' respective stages of development.

First, we’ll hear from Monte Skelton, a local jazz musician and elementary school music teacher. Skelton took music classes through the Evansville public school system, but it was one music education outreach program in the first grade that inspired him to pick up the saxophone. And nearly 20 years later, he's still jamming.