Research to Practice: Autism and Pitch Perception

Research to Practice: Autism and Pitch Perception

By: Jeff Sabo Our research to practice blogs provide a summary of current research and best practices on specific topics in adaptive music education, with practical applications to music teaching and learning. Pitch is a central part of music learning. As teachers, we...

Teaching Students who Don’t Practice

Teaching Students who Don’t Practice

By Jeff Sabo   Many music teachers will encounter students at some point who don’t practice. It often goes like this:  You assign practice at the end of the lesson The student comes back next week without improving You feel frustrated and the student struggles to...

Balancing Structure and Student-Led Learning

Balancing Structure and Student-Led Learning

By Dr. Erin Parkes When talking about teaching music to students with exceptionalities, two themes keep coming up: first, structure and routine are important. And second, to foster engagement, let the student lead. These can seem like conflicting ideals—how do you...

Intake meetings: Setting new students up for success

Intake meetings: Setting new students up for success

By: Jeff Sabo The new teaching year is starting soon, and you may have some new students with exceptionalities. While it's fun and exciting to meet new students, the first set of lessons can also be challenging. As teachers, we want to set our students up for success,...

When Activities are too Much: Responding to Sensory Needs

When Activities are too Much: Responding to Sensory Needs

By: Christy Laarakker We all get excited as teachers about discovering activities and resources that will make our studios alive and our lessons fun and engaging.  While learning is an exploratory process, that exploration can sometimes be too much for individuals...

Using Colour for Students with Learning Disabilities

Using Colour for Students with Learning Disabilities

By: Jeff Sabo Learning to read music can be a big challenge for any student. For some students with learning disabilities, difficulty reading can be an obstacle to traditional music learning altogether. One tool that can help students with learning disabilities read...

Setting Up Your Sensory-Friendly Home Studio

Setting Up Your Sensory-Friendly Home Studio

By: Erin Parkes, PhD Increasing numbers of home studio music teachers are looking for ways to create an accessible space for neurodiverse students. This is fantastic, as having more options for music learning in the community is a huge piece of the accessibility...