Benefits of Mainstream Performance for Children with Special Needs

Metro Music Makers offers adaptive music lessons for children with special needs to help them successfully learn a music instrument in a way that uses their unique strengths and gifts, as well as hosting performance opportunities that are 100% inclusive. Music therapist Kristen Van Dyke shares why these recitals are especially beneficial to students with special needs.

Music therapy and adaptive lessons: What if my child doesn't have a diagnosis?

Metro Music Makers offers music therapy and adaptive lessons for children with a variety of diagnoses, including ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, emotional and behavioral disorders, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and much more. But what if your child doesn’t have a specific diagnosis? Can music therapy or adaptive lessons still be implemented successfully?

Why we recommend piano for adaptive lessons

As the Director of Music Therapy for Metro Music Makers, I love that we are able to offer adaptive lessons as part of our in-home services. I always recommend starting with piano, and if you’re a parent of a current or potential future adaptive student, I’d like to share with you some of the reasons for this.

Music Therapy and Adaptive Lessons

As a Board-Certified Music Therapist working with Metro Music Makers, I provide both Music Therapy and what are called adaptive lessons. In both settings, I typically work in the home with children and adolescents who have psychiatric, developmental, behavioral or neurological diagnoses. The goals of these two types of session, however, can be very different.  […]