Most special needs students enjoy learning the piano! They may be timid and resistant to change at first. However piano lessons can become an enjoyable part of their daily and weekly routine! Students enjoy knowing what to expect during lessons. If they trust their teacher, they will look forward to their time together!
Method for Teaching Piano to Students with Special Needs
In the past I have successfully taught piano to students with special needs, including autism and executive function disorder. I use an original approach to introduce the student to the piano. This method allows them to learn without overwhelming them with too many new musical concepts at once.
Currently I am working on compiling this approach into a method book. I hope to publish this book sometime in 2018 and will be selling it on this website! If you are interested in using my piano method book, sign up to receive updates so you will be the first to know when it is available!
Special education can be an enjoyable challenge since a teacher must make music accessible to different learning styles. However it is rewarding to see students acquire new confidence in their skills. With the cooperation and support of parents, most students can learn music if given the proper instruction and encouragement!
From the Parent of a Student Who Has Special Needs
“Deciding to give your special needs child the privilege of learning piano is the right decision. Although these kids have learning difficulties they are very able to learn music! Our special needs child started taking piano lessons with Angela two years ago. He has really surprised all of us! He now reads music, plays with both hands and keeps progressing every year. Learning to play a musical instrument helps him with many important life skills and greatly boosts his self-esteem too!”
~ Proud parent of a student with special needs