The TRAP Methodology

The TRAP Methodology

The methodology is based in perceptual motor match, visual, tactile, and auditory combined with speech. We can see, feel and hear the lessons and simultaneously speak the answers.

The way we train is evolving as progress dictates the way we teach. Printed materials are becoming less and less useful in our digital world, thus our E-Version: TRAP-Learning.org

The Rhythmic Arts Project is an inclusive, innovative educational program serving the special needs community as well as typical preschools and lower grades. The curriculum is comprehensive offering a wide range of subjects addressing various ability levels. Our Members represent diverse ethnic backgrounds and range in age from 1 to more than 85 years old. Diagnoses range from mild to profound cognitive disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer's, Autism, mobility/hearing/vision impairments and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The program is facilitated in no less than 10 countries. Sites include Special Education Schools, Organizations and Foundations who serve people with various disabilities as well as preschools where both "typical" and Intellectually Disabled children attend.

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Testimonials

The Rhythmic Arts Project has enriched the lives of my student’s. The level of student engagement has greatly increased and they are very focused on their drumming. The self-regulation component of TRAP is a skill my students will benefit from throughout their lives. Starting and stopping on cue and eyes focusing on the leader as well as low, just right and high body levels are strategies that are showing improvement with our drumming sessions. My students are receiving the needed extra sensory input from the extra auditory and physical sensations of their music. With the TRAP Program you can teach students most skills from developing learning to learn skills to equations. My students especially enjoy the challenges of patterns, signing colors, learning phone numbers and addresses. The greatest effect of this program is the excitement and elation my students feel before, during, and after their Rhythmic Arts lesson. The source of this joy can be accredited to multiple aspects of the Rhythmic Arts Project including its environment of inclusion and celebration, along with Eddie and his easy going positive spirit. The TRAP program fosters an environment that allows each of my students to express themselves with their own individual style of percussion. This in turn permits each student to feel like a “star” during drumming and dance solos that are immediately followed by peer praise. Denise Pannell, MS Triton Academy
Denise Pannell
Ventura County Board of Education

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