Let’s Play Together: Private, In-Home Music Lessons for Children With Learning Differences
Music is universal. Thus it has the capacity to reach all children, including those with learning differences. We know this to be true because we experience first-hand how well the kids with learning challenges respond to music education.
Studies show that playing an instrument can, in many ways, help children with learning challenges. For instance, research from the Journal of Music Therapy found that music can improve social behaviors, increase focus and attention, assist communication attempts (vocalizations, verbalizations, gestures, and vocabulary), reduce anxiety, and improve body awareness and coordination in children and teens with ASD.
Other evidence suggests that “Music is rhythm, rhythm is structure, and structure is soothing to an ADHD brain struggling to regulate itself to stay on a linear path.”
For children with ADHD or ADD, anxiety, HFASD, and language-based or other learn disabilities, music education can improve:
- Attention levels
- Impulse controls
- Social functioning
- Self-expression and self-esteem
- Memory retention
As Oliver Sacks, M.D., professor of neurology at Columbia University and author of Musicophilia, points out, “Nothing activates the brain so extensively as music.”
At Hey Joe Guitar, we offer private music lessons to all kids with physical, cognitive (ADHD, anxiety, ASD and/or HFASD), and learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, speech and language issues, motor skills delays, and others).
We have many 2e (or twice-exceptional) students in our roster as well.
We teach music to children in ICT programs and 12:1 programs in public schools with IEPs and 504 plans.
Our tutors also give in-home music lessons to youngsters from specialized schools in New York City. Those schools include: The Gateway School, The Winward School (Manhattan), Stephen Gaynor School, Aaron School, IDEAL School Manhattan, West End Day School, The Churchill School and Center, The Parkside School, The Quad Preparatory School, Gillen Brewer School, The Lang School, Reece School, The ASD Nest Program, and Mary McDowell Friends School.
Our instructions teach a wide variety of instruments to children ages 3 and up. Those instruments include guitar, piano, violin, drums, and many others. Our compassionate and patient instructors have experience in working with learning challenged kids.
Want in-home guitar lessons or piano lessons (or private instruction in any other instrument) for your family? Contact Hey Joe Guitar Music School founder/director Joe Berger for more information. He may be reached at 646-320-3131.