Doubting yourself? Shift your mindset and get the benefits of Special Music Ed

Doubting yourself? Shift your mindset and get the benefits of Special Music Ed

Many cultural norms and misconceptions tell us that in order to have success teaching exceptional students, we need to have unique characteristics, abilities, or many years of specialized training. But this is not the case!  Actually, it turns out that shifting your mindset and learning some simple tools and strategies can make a world of difference for both you and your exceptional students.  

ADHD and the “Optimal Zone” in Music Learning

ADHD and the “Optimal Zone” in Music Learning

Based on the statistics, if you’ve been teaching music for any length of time, you’ve probably had more than a few students with ADHD. People with ADHD often have difficulty focusing, are easily distracted, make careless mistakes, and have difficulty staying organized. They may also have difficulty regulating their emotions and be quick to frustration or have angry outbursts. There are plenty of articles out there with fantastic ideas on how to adapt music lessons for students with ADHD—things like taking frequent breaks, front-loading the lesson with the most concentration-heavy material, and using kinaesthetic learning. This is all good! But I want to take a look at adapting for ADHD from a different perspective…

Supporting Behaviour in Online Learning

Supporting Behaviour in Online Learning

Online education comes with many challenges, but the rewards can be beneficial for your students. There are ways to make the most of your experience while contributing to accessible and continued music education.