S T U D E N T P R O F I L E S
BHMA has successfully served young people with the variety of conditions listed below:
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Blindness & visual impairment
• Brain injury
• Cerebral palsy
• Cornelia de Lange syndrome
• Down syndrome
• Learning disabilities
• Non verbal learning disability
• Velo-Cardio-Facial syndrome
• Williams syndrome
Berkshire Hills Music Academy offers both day and residential programs with Extended Year Options. Our staff is highly trained in music and special education. Music is used to help our students achieve non-music goals. BHMA provides a supportive environment for students with non-aggressive behavioral needs, with mild to moderate mental health and/or medical diagnoses.
Past students have come to Berkshire Hills Music Academy from twenty states, Washington DC, Bermuda, and Canada. Students in the Two Year Certificate Program are between the ages of 18 and 30 years old and have a desire to achieve their potential for greater independence.
The LIVE Program (Long-term Independent Vocational Experience) bridges the gap between work skills and vocation, and is for students that have completed the Two Year Certificate Program. LIVE Members can stay associated with the Academy for a few years or indefinitely.
Participants in the Summer Program are between the ages of 16 and 25.
Berkshire Hills Music Academy admits students of any race, color, sex, religion, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, and national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies and other school administered programs. Berkshire Hills Music Academy is an equal opportunity employer. All admissions are at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Successful students at BHMA have the following profile:
• Ages 18 and over
• Typical Full Scale IQ or Adaptive Behavior Composite 50 to 80
• Love and/or aptitude for music
• Needing a transition or long term placement
• Expressive language skills sufficient enough to communicate with staff
• Demonstrates basic self-care skills