Adaptive Piano Lessons: An Incredible Adventure

According to dictionary.com, to adapt means "to adjust, or modify fittingly to requirements or conditions."1 Although the demands are many, piano teachers routinely adapt instruction to meet the needs of their students and should consider three ways of adapting piano lessons to the individual student. First, ...
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Finger Numbers (not finger knots!)

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Numbers seem integral to music study, but they can be very problematic for our students with special needs. We use numbers to assist us in our process, but meter and rhythm are beat units that are heard and felt. Our fingers are all different shapes and lengths, and we use them in groupings to manipulate the piano to make sounds. We use numbers as ...
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Adaptive Approaches to Piano Study

Adaptive Approaches to Piano Study
Early in my piano education, I realized that sometimes I would need to play with my hands crossed. After I announced to my parents that I wanted to take piano lessons, my grandmother kindly gave me the old upright that she didn't play anymore. My father played for me the only piece he knew—a circus sort of tune with the melody in the left hand and ...
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The Cincinnati Adaptive Music Camp

The Cincinnati Adaptive Music Camp (CAMC) was born out of a dream that violin teacher Jennifer Petry had to expand her teaching experience with her own children to other children with physical disabilities. Both Jennifer and I adopted children with limb differences. Jennifer's daughters have no arms, and my daughters have several physical differenc...
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