Developmental Disabilities

Students who have developmental disabilities will be evaluated to find music lesson techniques that will give a positive and structured lesson and successful at-home practice techniques and activities.

For all online lessons and during Covid19 considerations, lessons must include one parent at all times for students with developmental disabilities.  This is especially critical for beginning and young students and those students with ADHD.

If there are any therapy practices that are in place or that have been recommended, then the lessons will be formatted to be complementary and coordinated in every way possible.  I am not a music therapist, but I am a music teacher who uses music therapy techniques in my lessons.  Lesson techniques used may be reviewed by any therapist or related professional, and requests from a therapist for reinforcement or changes will be honored.

Students will be mailed an introductory lesson kit which will include practice plans, stickers, a music pencil, music erasers, and other items suited to the individual student.  Parents will also be asked to print out materials related to the student's lessons.  Students should have a designated three-ring binder for their music lessons.  If music books are recommended, parents will be given information on purchasing lesson materials from reliable online vendors.

Lessons may include a variety of musical experiences and musical instruments to help with the development of fine motor skills, focusing on task, and musical expression, or any other identified need.  Consultations will be held frequently with the parent to determine the progress of the lessons and to evaluate for new potential approaches.

I strongly believe that music provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy, learn and participate.  The impact of successful music education on the lives of those with developmental disabilities can be phenomenal.   Music is the universal language for all of us and everyone should have music as a part of their lives.