Want to Teach Piano to Children With Special Needs and Maximize Their Experience and Results?
Let me tell you about my student Adam...
Adam was not your typical piano student. He was diagnosed with ADHD and dyspraxia when he was 7 years old. I started teaching him piano when he was 6, so I wasn't aware of his challenges.
It wasn't difficult to recognise that something was different. Especially when I started bumping into walls, the following are a few examples of many:
No matter how slow I went, traditional method books simply didn’t work. He couldn’t get it!
I couldn’t keep his attention for more than 2 minutes, it was too difficult for him and he lost interest very quickly.
He really needed to focus hard to move one finger not the other, it seemed as is if he was searching for the nerve that was responsible for moving that specific finger!
Since that time and until today many things have happened: I did a lot of research and reading, accepted many other students with special needs, and started to get results...
Adam can read music now! He is one of my best students. He is an independent learner who was able to join a group of typical students of same age.
How Is This Relevant to You?
According to statistics, approximately 15% of the students have special educational needs.
When you open your studio, you dream of being able to reach to 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 memorising 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 signs of a learning difficulty..soon enough the pieces become too long and difficult to be memorised and you feel stuck.
If this is the case, you are not alone...I was there... I know how it feels.
Here Is How You Can Get My Support...
I've set aside some time to speak with teachers like you about how to address situations similar to the ones mentioned above.
Fill in the form below describing your struggles and your desired outcomes. If I feel that I can help you with your situation I will let you know.
We will schedule a time for a session and we will discuss the obstacles standing in your way.
Who Is Eligible For a Session?
You must be a qualified piano teacher who holds at least a piano certificate of ABRSM grade 8 or equivalent. If you are still working on this, that's fine, you can still subscribe and use all the available resources on the blog.
You must be a teacher who totally believes in inclusion. Since we're going to be working with students with special needs, I'm only interested in helping people who will be able to provide a significant transformation for those students.
You must be a patient, open minded and ready to do things in a different way. As you have already noticed, traditional methods do not always work. I can only help you if you are flexible enough to try different methods and approaches.
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“Piano sessions developed my son’s talent and his passion for music, and at the same time, they were a therapy for his speech delay.”
Khaled’s mother - Khaled (6 years old), Amman – Jordan
“Dima was able to teach to my son’s ability and bring out the best in him. After only 5 weeks of piano lessons with her, Marwan’s teachers were very impressed by how much his handwriting has improved.”
Marwan’s mother, Marwan (15 years old), Amman – Jordan
“… my little kid’s attention span and speech improved drastically.”
AC, Mother of a 6 year old student, Amman – Jordan
“My son loves his piano lessons, he is always learning something new, as well as given the chance to improvise and have fun. He can now read music notes and play with both hands at 6 years of age. I’m so proud of him and very thankful for Dima Tahboub for her dedication and professionalism.”
A’s mother, Amman – Jordan