Dr. Beth Bauer is Guest Lecturer in Pedagogy, Academic Advisor for Pedagogy Degree, Internship Director at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and brings 20 years of experience working with students with special needs including Down Syndrome and autism. She is founder and instructor of the Beethoven’s Buddies program, an innovative music program which facilitates cognitive and emotional growth for students with developmental delays. Dr. Bauer is co-chair of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Accomodating Student Needs and Learning Styles

All teachers understand that students come to us with different interests, learning styles, and learning needs. We work with all of our students to achieve the goals of learning how to play the piano and study music.However, teachers who work with students who have learning challenges or developmental delays face different challenges and lesson pla...
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Basic Tips for the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in the Piano Studio

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Teaching Repertoire to Special Learners: Practical Solutions

Choosing repertoire for our students is often a matter of subjectivity. A desired scenario is one in which a student and teacher both agree on the pieces and the occasion for which they are to be learned. In the case of a traditional neuro-typical student, selection of lesson repertoire typically is guided by musical depth and attractiveness and th...
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Recital preparation and performance

'Tis the season for recitals. To prepare our studios for the recital, it is common to pick the date and venue, decide on the type of recital (duet, theme, holiday), plan the reception, and pick repertoire for our students. Many of these same things occur when preparing for a recital with our students with special needs; however, there are also othe...
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Person-first language

When our students walk into our studios for lessons, we often ask them how was their week, are they doing anything fun this week, or ask about something they told as at their previous lesson. Regardless of who the student is or what he or she told us, that person is a student or a child. The same type of thinking refers to our students with disabil...
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Meet the authors of the Inclusive Piano Teaching Blog, Part II

Dr. Beth A. Bauer received her doctorate of music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her dissertation is titled "What is an appropriate approach to piano instruction for students with Down syndrome?" Additional degree work includes a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Bill Koehler, an...
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