Adaptive Lessons

The Prism Project

The Prism Project at the Hartt Community Division is a performing arts experience for students with exceptionalities. Students age 7–17 years have the opportunity to practice important social skills while participating in rehearsals for a final performance. Each student performer is paired with a University student buddy who is their one-on-one guide and support at every rehearsal and during the performance.


The Prism Project is modeled after the program at Ball State University in Indiana. Rehearsals take place on Sundays from 1–2:30 p.m. at The Hartt School. Students of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Registration coming soon!

Meet Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith is the Prism Program Director and a Suzuki Piano Instructor. Her research interests include teaching music to children with exceptionalities, collaboration between music education and music therapy, assessment in instrumental music education, and teacher education.

To help my students to develop their musicality requires that I teach them in the manner that best suits their learning needs. I think deeply about how to adapt my teaching to best help my students to learn so that each child will achieve success in some manner every week in the lesson.

Jacqueline Smith, Prism Program Director

Percussion Circle

Striving to engage in a new medium of self-expression and learning, our Adaptive Percussion Circles are designed for students with exceptionalities and open to all interested students. Participants explore pulse, texture, and rhythm while sharing experiences and building friendships in a small percussion ensemble. Registration coming soon!

Exceptionalities Statement

"It's Okay to Say"

The Hartt School Community Division is committed to providing access to our programming for all populations, including children and adults with special learning needs. In order to best serve students with exceptionalities, we strive to maintain an open dialogue of clear communication with families and students about their specific needs. Although we are unable to provide the same services as public schools, or other programs that specialize in this area, we will work with each family to identify resources and support structures to help the student to succeed.

Two Ensembles, One Goal

Age Class Time Number of Sessions Tuition
Young Adults (ages 12–18) Mondays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. 6 $96
Emerging Adults (ages 18–23) Mondays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. 6 $96


Please call the main office at 860.768.4451 or email us at

Together, we can ensure the gift of an unparalleled performing arts education is available to all.