At Wholesome Harmonies, we offer adapted music lessons on guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and drums. We specialize in working with children and teens with special needs…and we truly love what we do!
Wholesome Harmonies is a provider for Step Up for Students and the Gardiner Scholarship. We bill Step Up for Students for direct payment for our clients’ adapted lessons. This is an exciting step that has allowed more children to have access to our services! Send us an email to get more information.
Read on to find out more information about our lesson offerings, or click here to send us an email inquiry about our services.
Adapted Music Lessons
Adapted lessons are available for children and teens who have special learning needs.
In addition to acquiring the skills to play the instrument, your child will have the opportunity to work on: increasing sustained attention, improving their ability to follow directions and improving their fine motor skills.
Our teachers are all board-certified music therapists who specialize in working with individuals with special needs. We use our training and clinical experience to come up with creative adaptations for teaching special learners. We strive to help each child feel successful when learning the instrument, regardless of their level.
Our creative adaptations may include any of the following:
- Color-coded notation (see picture above and click here to see more examples of color-coded notation)
- Simplified or larger notation
- Extra practice sheets & materials
- Visual aides
- Music & movement to teach concepts of beat & rhythm
- Musical games (for example, card games to teach musical symbols)
We also incorporate your child’s favorite music into lesson repertoire. That includes Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, One Direction and anything else your child is listening to!
Piano lessons focus on reading musical notation, learning correct hand position, playing scales, learning music theory, and singing solfege. The Bastien Piano series is typically used to teach both theory and technique.
Guitar lessons focus on reading musical notation, learning correct hand position, understanding music theory, and learning chords. The Hal Leonard Guitar Series is typically used to teach both theory and technique. Students are encouraged to bring in their favorite songs to work on during sessions, as well. Currently, our students are learning songs by Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Green Day!
Voice, Ukulele & Drum lessons are also available.
Many of our students receive a music therapy/adapted lesson combo. This service is one hour in total and allows the opportunity to develop non-musical skills (such as increasing attention and communication skills) while also developing musical skills on an instrument of choice.
Click on the button below to find out more information about our services and to sign up your child!