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United Sound is an organization whose mission is to provide musical performance experiences for students with special needs through peer mentorship.

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Who Can Join?

Who Can Join?

  • New Musicians: Students who are enrolled at the participating school, with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD).
    • Students will have the opportunity to experience and perform music on an instrument of choice with musical adaptations and accommodations. 
  • Peer Mentors: Typical students who are enrolled at the participating school and are members of the participating Band or Orchestra program.

Minimum requirements for participation:

  • Must be able to count to 10 expressively or receptively
  • Can understand and follow the verbal and gestural cues of the conductor
  • Can regulate behavior during rehearsals and concert performances
  • Participants must have reliable transportation to attend weekly rehearsals and concerts


  • Peer Mentor/New Musician ratio is 2-3/1
  • Weekly rehearsals
  • 1 performance per semester (New Musicians, Peer Mentors, and support ensemble)