As an instructor, I am most interested in disseminating innovative knowledge while enriching and empowering prospective and current music educators who will go on to have a profound, musical impact on students with autism.
Victoria LaRiccia joined the conservatory in 2016 as an instructor of autism, music, and behavioral teaching methods for the music education program.
LaRiccia was raised in a musical household, where she experienced daily piano playing. It was not long before she discovered the guitar, and she taught herself on the instrument through her middle school, high school, and college years. After college, LaRiccia founded two local bands, performing on bass, keyboard, and vocals, and discovered a passion for the stage and performance. During this time, LaRiccia began teaching students with autism and incorporated her love of music in her instruction. LaRiccia was able to break down the social and emotional barriers of severe autism, and successfully taught students to master the clarinet and join her school's concert and jazz bands.
In 2008, LaRiccia became a consultant to the Boston Conservatory’s Programs for Students on the Autism Spectrum, and has been consulting since. In 2011, LaRiccia independently composed and recorded an electronic solo album. Since then, LaRiccia has been a special education teacher in the Public Schools of Brookline for middle school students with various moderate disabilities, including communication and emotional disabilities, Down syndrome, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders.
LaRiccia earned a B.A. in psychology from UMass, Amherst. In 2011, LaRiccia earned an M.Ed. in special education/moderate disabilities from Cambridge College and completed her thesis, entitled Teaching Music to Students with Autism. Through the Boston Conservatory’s Programs for Students on the Autism Spectrum, LaRiccia has presented on the topics of music instruction and autism at numerous professional development workshops and conferences for educators and administration throughout Massachusetts. Further, LaRiccia aided in the design and implantation of the conservatory’s Inner Harmony Chorus, a vocal ensemble for individuals on the autism spectrum and their family and friends.