Several people express interest in traditional piano lessons, however, they are in fact requesting services offered in adapted piano lessons. The following table has been designed to concisely compare and contrast traditional and adapted piano lessons.
TRADITIONAL PIANO LESSONS
ADAPTED PIANO LESSONS
Typically taught by teachers with backgrounds in music.
Typically taught by board-certified music therapists experienced in working with people who have special needs.
Establishing a solid foundation in music theory, ear training, and performance.
Establishing a solid foundation in music theory, ear training, and performance, using adapted approaches and material.
Examples of Adapted Approaches Include:
Utilizing sticker charts to encourage appropriate behavior.
Singing versus speaking directions.
Scheduling short breaks throughout lessons.
Facing the piano and piano bench away from the audience during a performance.
Examples of Adapted Material Include:
Covering pictures printed in music books to increase focus on music.
Providing simplified music arrangements.
TRADITIONAL & ADAPTED PIANO LESSONS
Each lesson is individually formatted to meet the current needs of each student.
Both lesson formats are taught with the goal of achieving skills in playing piano, gaining knowledge of music theory and ear training, and finding joy in making music.
With these factors in mind, you can make better informed decisions for yourself or a loved one.