Music participation can have a powerful impact on the lives of people on the autism spectrum and those with other neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD. Australia has some 11,000 music teachers but just a small number advertise themselves as being open to teaching students with special needs.
Public awareness of the benefits music education can have on students’ academic performance and social connectedness is high, and therefore many individuals with special needs are seeking music education. It is vital that music teachers have the skills and confidence to teach a diverse range of learners so that music education is made accessible to more people.
In this webinar, Dr Grace Thompson will share her knowledge of music pedagogy for diverse learners, with an emphasis on teaching students on the autism spectrum and those with ADHD. You will gain practical ideas and strategies that can be applied to your teaching practice in either studio, classroom, or ensemble contexts. These general principles are therefore relevant to teachers of all instruments.