Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Coming This Fall

We are excited to announce the launch of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs in the fall of 2017. This one-of-a-kind institute will further the impressive work led by Rhoda Bernard and build on the 10 years of her successful Autism Spectrum Programs at Boston Conservatory.






The institute will focus on multiple arts (music, dance, theater, and visual arts) and will expand beyond autism to explore and address the artistic needs of those with other cognitive and developmental disabilities. 

As part of Berklee's Music Education Department, the institute will:

  • provide opportunities for both children and adults with special needs to learn about, experience, and create in the arts through community programs.
  • develop and offer educational experiences for Berklee undergraduate and graduate students.
  • convene leaders and experts in the field of arts education and special needs to generate new ideas and share best practices. 
  • create and administer professional development programs for educators to learn more about teaching the arts to students with special needs.
  • foster partnerships with local, national, and international arts education and special needs organizations.

“The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs will create new opportunities to teach the arts to students of all ages with special needs. With this institute, we can serve a larger population who will benefit from arts education. These individuals face many challenges, but when they come to our programs, they are celebrated for their love of the arts and their artistic accomplishments.”
—Rhoda Bernard

Learn more about what the Autism Spectrum Programs are doing today, and stay tuned for more this fall.