I have been teaching piano since 1990. I am a full-time piano teacher and the owner of DoReMe Studio. Author of The Easier Piano Books and creator of the "Teaching Piano in Tiny Steps" method.
I am a certified pianist from the ABRSM. I have a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from The University of Sheffield, UK.
I have students from different backgrounds and abilities and I find teaching children with special needs very rewarding and inspiring.
My goal is to help piano teachers go from feeling worried and inexperienced in teaching piano to children with disabilities to having enough confidence equipped with the most effective mindset and resources so they can include students with special needs in their studios.
Do you dream of being able to reach every child and you truly want to be inclusive, but every now and then you may find yourself in a situation:
You are turning down students with special needs because you don’t feel you have the expertise to do so, or maybe you feel that you are not prepared to deal with the potential challenges and extra work involved.
Your student isn't moving ahead and you cannot pinpoint the problem but something doesn't feel right. Your student is practicing and doing the best she can. She starts to lose interest and becomes frustrated, lessons become a burden on both of you, and eventually, your student quits.
Your student is memorizing every single lesson, refuses to look at the book, and insists on playing from memory, eyes on the hands... most of the time this is a sign of a learning difficulty..soon enough the pieces become too long and difficult to be memorized, and you feel stuck.
If this is the case, you are not alone...I was there... I know how it feels.
I've set aside some time to speak with teachers like you about how to address situations similar to the ones mentioned above.