Will Houchin

Music Education and Special Needs Consultant

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Will Houchin

Will Houchin is a dynamic musician, educator, and consultant specializing in music education for students with special needs.  He currently resides and teaches in Massachusetts where he works as elementary general music teacher and a music instructor to students on the Autism spectrum and with other special needs. In 2018, Will completed a Master of Music Education degree with a concentration in Autism at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Additionally, Will works for the Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs at the Berklee College of Music creating and facilitating professional development in the areas of music education and special needs.

As a presenter, Will Houchin has recent given professional development presentations for Somerville Public Schools, Boston Public Schools, Berklee’s ABLE Assembly as well as seminars for The Kennedy Center’s Arts Education and Special Needs component, VSA. Will has also been an invited presenter at several state music education conferences including those in Massachusetts, Arizona, Colorado, and Minnesota.

On the performance side of things, Will has performed and recorded with artists and groups such as KT Tunstall, Calexico, Orkesta Mendoza, The Rezonators Brass Band, The Original Wildcat Jass Band, Las Tubas de Tucson, and many more. Additionally created the Friday Songs YouTube Bhannel which has over 70 video song parodies celebrating the greatest day of the week!

When not teaching, presenting, or playing the tuba, Will is a partner and producer for Pedal Note Media, a podcast network dedicated to creating content for musicians. Additionally, he dabbles in graphic design, creating posters, book covers and album art for musicians and publishing companies alike. In his scant free time, Will can be found on the saddle of his bike, riding all over the streets and trails of New England.

 

Upcoming Presentations:

January 26th - No Tech, Low Tech, and High Tech Adaptations for Students with Special Needs in the Music Room - Colorado Music Educators Assocation

January 28th - Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs - University of Wyoming Music Education Class

February 1st - Autism in the Music Classroom - Arizona Music Educators Association

February 2nd - Fostering Collaboration between Music Educators and Instructional Assistants - Arizona Music Educators Association

February 2nd - No Tech, Low Tech, and High Tech Adaptations for Students with Special Needs in the Music Room - Arizona Music Educators Association

February 15th - Autism in the Music Classroom - Minnesota Music Educators Association

February 18th - Marching Band and Special Needs - University of Arizona

March 1st - No Tech, Low Tech, and High Tech Adaptations for Students with Special Needs in the Music Room - Massachusetts Music Educators Association

March 1st - Autism in the Music Classroom - Massachusetts Music Educators Association

April 12-14th - Music Technology Demo - ABLE Assembly @ Berklee College of Music

Previous Presentations:

Music Technology - Music Education and Special Needs Study Group @ Berklee

IEP Reading for Music Teachers - Somerville Public Schools

No Tech, Low Tech, and High Tech Adaptations for Students with Special Needs in the Music Room - VSA Intersections Columbus

Fostering Collaboration between Music Educators and Instructional Assistants - VSA Intersection Atlanta

Fostering Collaboration between Music Educators and Instructional Assistants - ABLE Assembly @ Berklee College of Music

Creating Visual Supports - Boston Public Schools

Differentiated Instruction in the Music Classroom - Boston Public Schools

Autism in the Music Classroom - Somerville Public Schools

Teaching Music to Intensive Resource Students - Arizona Music Educators Association