INCLUSIVE AND ONLINE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE SPECIAL LEARNERS

Like most of you, I am currently working from home. At the time of this writing, our city is under a stay-at- home order, and our public schools, colleges, and universities are closed. Like most of you, I have moved all my teaching online including my teaching of students who are special learners. I am missing my students terribly, and worry t...
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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 pl...
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Basic Tips for the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in the Piano Studio

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Special Needs, Special Gifts: Case Studies

"Carla, you're so enthusiastic about what you do, and you are obviously so happy doing it. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Kendall could take piano lessons from you?" said Mary one morning at our church's coffee hour. "Why not?" I asked. Mary gave me one of those have-you-taken-leave-of-your-senses looks. "But, Carla, you know how bad her walking has g...
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Working with Pianists with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a common childhood disorder that piano teachers are likely to encounter during their career. This disorder can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Common symptoms of ADHD may include extreme difficulty maintaining focus, paying attention, and regulating emotions and behavior, ...
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The Music Inside

THE PIANO PROGRAM  ​In the spring of 2012, I began a small program for piano study at a women's correctional institution in Columbia, South Carolina. Over the past eleven years, the program has been through numerous changes. The lesson location changed from Goodman (2012–2016) to Camille Griffin Graham (2017–present), when the two women's inst...
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The Role of the Arts in Social Justice

 What do weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras, and other celebrations and rites of passage have in common? How many times does someone say they relate a particular piece of music to a specific event? What can invoke a meaningful childhood memory? For some it may be a mother's lullaby that was passed down through generations. For othe...
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Music for the Military - A Small Glance

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Many service members returning home after World War II were diagnosed with "shell shock" and "combat fatigue," which we now refer to as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The military started an experimental music program to help ease the symptoms associated with psychological and moral injuries. Service members listened to recorded music, inte...
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Winter 2020: Questions and Answers

Do you know of piano events or festivals in which students with special needs can participate? Diversity and inclusion are becoming more important in our daily lives and I congratulate everyone in our profession for their courage and dedication in making music study available for all students.The Royal Conservatory of Music examination process...
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Rethinking disABILITIES and Music Education

Recorded at the 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. July 25, 2019.
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Autumn 2019: Book Review

In Transformational Piano Teaching: Mentoring Students from All Walks of Life, Derek Kealii Polischuk provides an overview of various student populations we might encounter as piano teachers, and offers snapshots of how to work with and engage these seemingly disparate groups. "The book examines the role of mentor, a r...
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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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“Hidden Figures” in Piano Pedagogy: Leveling Piano Music by Black Composers

A Call for Representation  In 2016, the movie, Hidden Figures, based on the novel by Margot Lee Shetterly, put a spotlight on African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1960s. This biographical film exposed the significant contributions that Black females made to NASA du...
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Adaptive Piano Lessons: An Incredible Adventure

According to dictionary.com, to adapt means "to adjust, or modify fittingly to requirements or conditions."1 Although the demands are many, piano teachers routinely adapt instruction to meet the needs of their students and should consider three ways of adapting piano lessons to the individual student. First, ...
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Finger Numbers (not finger knots!)

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Numbers seem integral to music study, but they can be very problematic for our students with special needs. We use numbers to assist us in our process, but meter and rhythm are beat units that are heard and felt. Our fingers are all different shapes and lengths, and we use them in groupings to manipulate the piano to make sounds. We use numbers as ...
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Inclusion: Part 1, Bringing music-making to everyone

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If there is one thing that music can do, it can bridge all divides. It does not recognize age or gender, race or social class. Music does not recognize disability. Music does not discriminate. It finds and nourishes the good in everyone, and every person has the ability to experience and make some kind of music. If we cannot find a way together, or...
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Inclusion: Part 3, The Celebrating the Spectrum Piano Festival at Michigan State

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The Celebrating the Spectrum Piano Festival at Michigan State University was a first-of-its-kind summer piano festival that first occurred from July 24-31, 2016. This festival immersed five pre-college piano students in a daily schedule meant to emulate a week in the life of a music major in a college setting. The event culminated with two concerts...
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My hardest lesson ever

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"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!" by — J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone We music teachers teach with our hearts as well as our hands. Our students come away from their lessons with more than just instruction, and we welcome them gladly into our studios and our affections. I...
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Autism and Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary, Part II - Inside the Lesson

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Scott what an informative session. Thank you so much for your hard work over the years and in putting this together. I've had seve... Read More
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I have only a 30 year old woman who has autism. Your directive teaching has been very helpful. I have now put this information... Read More
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Autism and Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary

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Thank for this articles.
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Autism and Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary is a beautiful post you shared. I love to listen Piano and love to learn how t... Read More
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