The program truly meets my child's needs and its goal is to help address issues we are facing. The benefits of the program and what we have learned from it help my son and me in our general lives.
Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) offers Adapted Music Lessons for children of all ages and abilities. These lessons, provided by a board-certified music therapist, are structured in a manner that will enhance a child's natural ability and interest to learn an instrument, increase self-confidence and empowerment, appreciation and understanding of musical styles and learning musical skills and proficiency on an instrument.
Many children with special needs show interest in learning an instrument, but are not able to benefit from traditional music lessons. Our music therapists specialize in adapting instructional methods based on the child's individual strengths and learning styles in order to maximize success.
A variety of instruments are taught, including:
We also take into consideration the child's interest in learning an instrument, ability to attend for marked periods of time, adaptations necessary for the success of lessons, willingness to practice, ability to learn new material, etc.
Young children with developed rhythm skills perform better academically in early school years. Findings of a recent study showed that there was a significant difference in the academic achievement levels of students classified according to rhythmic competency. Students who were achieving at academic expectation scored high on all rhythmic tasks, while many of those who scored lower on the rhythmic test achieved below academic expectation.Source: "The Relationship between Rhythmic Competency and Academic Performance in First Grade Children," University of Central Florida, Debby Mitchell
Lessons are structured to each individual child's needs and interests. If a child desires to learn an instrument other than piano, initially, the lessons may be split into half piano and half instrument of choice, since, by learning a general understanding of piano, students are able to learn basic musicianship such as tempo, dynamics, styles, theory, rhythm, notation, etc.
After the first lesson, the therapist will compile a one to two page summary, including the approach to lessons, adaptations that will be implemented, musical abilities and a recommendation for the duration of lessons, each lesson is either a half hour of a full hour. This allows time for the therapist, student and parent to debrief on the week's occurrences, challenges while practicing, and any major changes or updates at the beginning of the lesson. This also allows for time at the end of the lesson for therapist to explain homework or assignment for the week and for parents to ask questions regarding lesson or homework. Periodically, based on completion of a level, book, or every 4-6 months, therapist will update parents on status of lessons through a one page summary, highlighting areas of achievements as well as areas of need. During the 4-6 month time period, goals will be established to measure the child's success and achievements through lessons.
A few examples of some goals that may be addressed during lessons may include:
Email or call our Music Therapy Department for more information.
Melissas@pasadenachilddevelopment.org or (626) 793-7350 x261
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Adapted lessons are not vendored through Regional Centers.