Event Title

Asperger's Syndrome and Its Implications for Private Piano Instruction

Presenter Information

Erin Parkes, McGill University

Start Date

29-5-2011 10:00 AM

End Date

29-5-2011 10:30 AM

Description

Recent research demonstrates that diagnoses of Asperger’s Syndrome are steadily increasing. The increased occurrence carries with it a responsibility for music educators to be aware of the symptoms, as well as learning and behavioural issues with which it is associated. Yet since the increase in diagnoses has been so recent, many teachers are not equipped to deal with the complexities of teaching these special students in a manner which allows them to achieve their full potential. The purpose of this presentation is to educate music teachers on the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome and implications for private piano instruction. A brief review of literature will be used to explore the cognitive, physical and behavioural difficulties associated with Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as original research in the form of case studies. The possible manifestations of these issues in private piano instruction will then be explored. Some strategies for meeting the challenge and providing the best possible learning environment for these students will be suggested based on research in psychotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as case studies of successful student-teacher interactions.

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Asperger's Syndrome and Its Implications for Private Piano Instruction

Recent research demonstrates that diagnoses of Asperger’s Syndrome are steadily increasing. The increased occurrence carries with it a responsibility for music educators to be aware of the symptoms, as well as learning and behavioural issues with which it is associated. Yet since the increase in diagnoses has been so recent, many teachers are not equipped to deal with the complexities of teaching these special students in a manner which allows them to achieve their full potential. The purpose of this presentation is to educate music teachers on the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome and implications for private piano instruction. A brief review of literature will be used to explore the cognitive, physical and behavioural difficulties associated with Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as original research in the form of case studies. The possible manifestations of these issues in private piano instruction will then be explored. Some strategies for meeting the challenge and providing the best possible learning environment for these students will be suggested based on research in psychotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as case studies of successful student-teacher interactions.