Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Music Lessons for Children with Special Needs

"Should my child take private instrument lessons?"

1. Is your child the one that is interested in taking the lessons? Ask yourself if your child has the desire to learn an instrument, or if YOU want them to learn to play an instrument.

2. Are you willing to support your child in planning a time to practice and helping them with their practice time?

3. Do the requirements of instrument lessons match the capabilities of your child? (attention span, cognitive capabilities, physical capabilities, etc.)

If you answered yes to the above questions, you may want to interview potential teachers. Be sure to let them know of your childs special needs and determine if they are equiped to deal with them. Ask if you could have a lesson or two to determine if the teacher/student relationship works. Personally, I feel that music lessons should be fun and provide children with a means of self expression and potentially increase self esteem. If the teacher applies too much pressure or is not supportive with the rate of progression, it may be a detrimental experience for your child.

Music Therapists are well equipped to provide music lessons for all children, including those with special needs. To find a Music Therapist in your area, contact your regional association of Music Therapy of The American Music Therapy Association. Their website is:

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