Piano Lessons for Children

“I am thrilled to support PSNYC’s mission to bring music into the lives of so many young people, enrich their lives, and build self-esteem and self-direction through music.”
Korine Fujiwara
Honorary Board

How can music be used with students who have disabilities?

“All children can be helped to learn to enjoy and to become involved in music to some extent. Music can be of inestimable value for children who have difficulties in hearing, seeing, moving, thinking or responding. A single instrument can possess qualities of sound and tone irresistible enough to reach a child in a direct, uncomplicated manner. Children who experience severe obstacles in forming relationships with other children, adults and their environment can achieve security and joy in making music. By means of music, we can assist these children to come to maturity in many ways. Music confers non-musical benefits that have particular consequences for pupils with special needs. It contributes to:

  • Reasoning ability
  • Reading skills
  • Feelings and response
  • Personal fulfillment
  • Language development
  • The promotion of communication
  • Motor control and physical well-being
  • Positive attitudes toward school
  • Socializing and pleasurable experiences in a group

(From Walker, A. (1996). An ear for music. In J. Piotrowski (ed.), Expressive arts in the primary school (pp. 38-48). London: Cassell.)