Students with special needs
Musical self-expression provides a new means of communication
Over our decades-long history, many students with special needs and learning differences have experienced amazing success with our core curriculum – the Simply Music Piano program. This includes, but is not limited to, students with these special circumstances:
- ADD / ADHD
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Down Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Blindness/Hearing loss
- Certain brain trauma
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Abnormalities of hands/fingers
- Cognitive Delay
- Spina Bifida
In certain instances, for some students, the processing and learning differences are so profound that an entirely different approach is warranted in order to allow access to the music within. For these students, we have developed the Simply Music Gateway Program. An experienced Simply Music teacher can help you determine which program is most appropriate.
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What is Simply Music Gateway?
Transforming the learning experience of those with special needs
The Simply Music Gateway program (SMG) is a unique, adaptive piano curriculum that has been created in order to give students with profound special needs and learning differences the opportunity to have music making be a real and meaningful part of their lives.
Simply Music Gateway is a step-by-step learning experience. Through a creative, improvisational approach using multisensory channels, the student can "play" the piano while processing the basics and developing new and important skills.
SMG students regularly enjoy the following benefits as a result of their experience:
- Improves fine motor skills
- Increases memory
- Increases attention
- Increases self-awareness
- Increases focus
- Improves sensory-motor function
- Enhances cognitive function
- Decreases agitated behavior
- Decreases anxiety
- Increases confidence
- Enhances self-expression
- Increases willingness to socialize
Music provides a new means of communication
The elements of music, rhythm, harmony and melody provide pathways to non-verbal communication that express feelings and ideas, and stimulate speech in those that have difficulty expressing themselves with language. Fine motor skills are developed, and processing issues and learning differences are addressed by focusing on one sensory system at a time.
SMG isolates the different sensory systems, such as visual processing, fine motor development, and auditory training, while incorporating the music used in the Simply Music Piano curriculum. As these songs are modified for the needs of the individual, students will quickly become familiar with and incorporate the songs into the learning process, with each new learning step reflecting the student's level of understanding.
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The program enables students to become more aware of their own creative potential and ultimately discover new possibilities within themselves.