Why Adapted Music Lessons?

It’s more than a lesson. It’s therapy.

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The Unique Advantage of Adapted Music Lessons

Goals in adapted music lessons are geared toward the individual needs of the student and they expand beyond just mastery of an instrument.

Our instrument lessons address therapeutic goals and help your child grow and succeed in more ways than simply learning to play a song. Your child will develop attention/focus as the therapist helps them find ways to stick to one idea and practice. They will develop emotional regulation as they confront the natural challenges of learning to play. And they will develop a stronger sense of confidence and self worth as they develop skills on their instrument and share it with others.

We offer adapted music lessons on piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice for individuals for whom traditional lessons may not be effective or appropriate. A music therapist is able to adapt instruction to an individual’s unique needs by teaching through color or number coding, using schedules, scripts and visual aids as needed, teaching with preferred songs instead of moving strictly through a pre-written book, and utilizing sensory breaks and other therapy-based activities.

Benefits of Adapted Music Lessons

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Improve Fine Motor

Playing instruments such as the piano, guitar, or ukulele requires fine motor skills. As students learn to play these instruments they will gain strength and coordination.

Increase Attention Span

Adapted lessons can be geared toward increasing attention span. This may include attending to an instrument for a specified period of time, focusing attention during practice time, and following directives from the music therapist.

Increase Confidence

Your child will feel a sense of accomplishment as he or she learns to play an instrument of choice. These new skills can be shared with friends and family in a way that supports the individual in a meaningful way.

Develop Speech and Language

For voice students, singing can help target speech and language goals in a fun and motivating way. Through Therapeutic Singing techniques, individuals may improve articulation, breath control/support, and overall language skills.

Develop Emotional Regulation

A trained music therapist can help a special needs child work through emotional states during lessons. This may include addressing feelings of frustration, anger, or the desire to quit as they arise. Learning to self regulate during difficult tasks is essential to success.

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