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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000504.txt from 2000/04

Subj: Re: [kl] Dyslexia and Music Students
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 23:13:53 -0400

On Tue, 11 Apr 2000 11:32:08 -0500 Topper <> writes:
> My point: What on earth can be done to make things easier for the
> kids who
> love music and are dyslexic but whant to achieve?
Oh so much - I'll try to give you some ideas without writing a

There are so many ways to approach the creation of music. The first step
with a student that has some other way of learning ( who says it's a
_dis_order?) is to find his/her strengths and current coping mechanisms.
I have a beautiful photo of a Lego piano built by a "learning disabled "
kid. He clearly showed his understanding of the piano, but not in a
traditional, academic method. He had the strongest breath control of any
6th grade clarinetist I 've ever taught. So, from those strengths we
worked on other necessities.

Written music can be viewed as pictures and patterns, shifting the
learning from the left to the right side of the brain. We can put
chocolate chip notes on staves drawn on paper plates and eat our music
afterwards ! Music can be colored according to chordal analysis. One
can use theatrical lighting gels as an overlay to better connect with the
written page. The brain works well with color - very individualized.

Learning music from the aural to the written is often helpful. You hear
a three note passage and then write it down. It is great fun to be
creative with teaching music. The "special" learner need to connect with
an open, experience teacher who can work "outside the box".

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