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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Rethinking disABILITIES and Music Education

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Tone is Everything: Voice Usage and Vocabulary for Teaching Special Learners

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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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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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Autism and Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary

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Vocabulary Effectiveness for Students with Special Needs

Teacher Education Webinar Series  On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 11am Eastern Time, the Frances Clark Center will launch the Teacher Education Webinar Series. Dr. Scott Price, President of the Frances Clark Board of Trustees, will lead our first webinar, "Autism and Piano Study – A Basic Teaching Vocabulary." Register for this free we...
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Teaching students with visual impairments: Resources

Welcome back to the Inclusive Piano Teaching blog. After a brief rest, we are back sharing information and resources with all of you. Today's post will include information on where to find resources for teaching students with visual impairments. This group of students includes students who are blind and those with partial vision, but can also be ex...
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Teaching reading, part II: Framing instruction

Students with disabilities will come to your studio with all sorts of labels – autism, high/low functioning, visual impairment, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, etc. Although they come with labels, the label does not define the person – it informs the pedagogy. The student is a person capable of learning and doing remarkable things. The label helps us form...
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Teaching reading: Part I

This blog post will be part one of a three-part series focused on teaching reading to students with special needs. As with all of our posts, we invite you to implement what you find useful, disregard what you do not, and email us with any questions you have along the way. Please send all questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Side note and...
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Teaching students with visual impairments: Empathy and facilitation

Welcome back to the Inclusive Piano Teaching blog. Today's entry is part two of a discussion on teaching students with visual impairments. I would like talk briefly about some things to think about when bringing a student into the piano studio. Some of these things may sound redundant, but can have a substantive impact on the educational experience...
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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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Studio environment: Some keys to success

Studio environment can play an important role in the success of our students with special needs. We don't tend to think of the studio as being more than a tool in the lesson, but the actual environment and the objects present can sometimes be the deciding factors in the success or failure of a lesson. Maintaining a special-needs-friendly environmen...
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