Using Solfege Singing to Teach Repertoire

Using Solfege Singing to Teach Repertoire

By: Jeff Sabo   Playing repertoire requires bringing together a lot of different skills. In many traditional approaches, students learn repertoire by reading music from very early on in their development. Reading is a complex skill though, and it can be even more...

Choosing a Method Book for Students with Exceptionalities

Choosing a Method Book for Students with Exceptionalities

By: Jeff Sabo Many music teachers use method books as a central part of their lessons. We may have our favourites, there are a LOT of method books out there! For students with exceptionalities, our choice of book can have a big impact on the learning process, so it’s...

Research to Practice: Teaching Students with Down Syndrome

Research to Practice: Teaching Students with Down Syndrome

By: Jeff Sabo Down Syndrome (DS) is a relatively common genetic disorder that is diagnosed in about 1 in 1000 children world-wide (1). That means that music teachers may encounter students with Down Syndrome at some point in their career. Research suggests that music...

Using Story Books in Music Learning

Using Story Books in Music Learning

Using Story Books in Music Learning By: Jeff Sabo Everyone loves a good story! They expand our imagination and help us connect with others. Stories are also great for learning, and adding music can make them even more fun! They create an easy and exciting way for...

Use pitched percussion to learn by playing

Use pitched percussion to learn by playing

By: Jeff Sabo One great thing about music is there are so many fun ways to make sounds! Many of us teach just one (or maybe a few) instruments, but we can still bring others into our lessons to expand our students' learning. At Lotus Centre, our students love pitched...

Teaching students who struggle with verbal comprehension

Teaching students who struggle with verbal comprehension

By: Jeff Sabo   As teachers, we spend a lot of time communicating with students, and talking is one of the most important ways we do this. We use words to explain concepts and skills, ask questions, give directions, correct errors, and lots more. However, many...

What to do When Progress Stalls

What to do When Progress Stalls

By: Dr. Erin Parkes Our method books, lesson plans and assessment tools in music education are all built around one thing—progress. Students learn a concept, implement it, and then move on to the next, more challenging task. But what about neurodivergent learners...

Preparing Students for Music Recitals

Preparing Students for Music Recitals

By: Nisreen Jardaneh  Performing at a recital is part of the music learning experience. However, playing in front of an audience can be overwhelming. This is particularly true for students with exceptionalities for whom routine and consistency are essential, hence any...