BWPeople of all abilities can benefit from music lessons.  Playing a musical instrument fosters creativity while developing fine-motor skills, discipline, leisure skills, and self-esteem.  Individuals with special needs deserve to learn and share their music with the world – and this can be made possible with instructional or physical adaptations (Kuester, 2011).

Instructional adaptations might include:

  • Behavior management techniques implemented by a music therapist
  • Visual schedule or checklist for those who benefit from structure
  • Use of sign-language or non-verbal communication
  • Diverse routines (10 minutes of piano followed by 5 minutes of dancing to rhythm drills, etc) to maintain attention
  • Use of preferred music so that student is motivated to learn!AC2

Physical adaptations might include:

  • Color-coded or large-print music
  • Enlarged guitar picks
  • EZ Chord (pictured)
  • Alternate tunings that allow barred fingers or one & two finger chords
  • Augmentative communication devices

Adaptive music lessons are available on guitar, voice, and piano. Other instruments available on a case by case basis.

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