TC242: Understanding Dyslexia: How Teaching Language Relates to Teaching Music with Becki Laurent


Did you know that 1 in 5 people in the USA have dyslexia? So, if you’ve got 20 students, the odds are pretty high that at least four are dyslexic. Therefore, understanding dyslexia is an important tool to have.

In today’s episode, Becki Laurent joins us to talk about how we can better reach our music students that struggle with this learning challenge.

We discuss myths, misconceptions and tips for teaching students with dyslexia. Becki also shares the components of the Orton Gillingham method of teaching reading and how we can incorporate these in music teaching.

It’s a super informative and interesting episode you won’t want to miss.

  • [03:13] Becki shares how she got on the journey of teaching music to kids with dyslexia and ADHD.
  • [13:41] The conversation you need to have with your students’ parents.
  • [15:54] Top 5 Myths for teaching students with dyslexia.
  • [23:03] Understanding dyslexia and why rhythm is so important in teaching dyslexics.
  • [28:02] How using the process of teaching dyslexics can help any student become better. 
  • [34:42] Components of the Orton Gillingham teaching method and how we can apply it to music.
  • [43:19] Sample strategies you can use to teach students.
  • [51:02] Tips for making the process of learning fun for students.

Transcript of the show

If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

Links Mentioned

About our Guest


Becki Laurent is the director of a music school in West Texas. Her superpowers include ADHD, listening, analyzing and getting things done. She doesn’t sleep much and can often be found on Facebook at all hours of the day and night in all the time zones of the world.

Today’s Sponsor

Are virtual lessons with ZOOM driving you MAD?
Audio issues, trouble connecting?

RockOutLoud.LIVE is a virtual music lesson video platform made for music teachers who want to provide their students with the ultimate virtual music lesson experience. Inside the RockOutLoud.LIVE video application, you’ll have access to resources like sheet music searches of a library of songs along with chords you can share across screens to your students in real-time. Plus, your student can download their virtual lesson notes while inside the virtual session! It’s cheaper than your Zoom account and gives you all of the tools to teach in an interactive lesson. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial by visiting today.

Thank you for tuning in!

Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.

If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.

Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly.

Your ultimate teaching resource

subscribe to the
Integrated music teaching podcast

Are you ready to upgrade your teaching?

Join the world's largest
creative music teaching membership

30 day money back guarantee

We understand that confirming your membership is a significant decision, so if you purchase a subscription and, within the first month, realise that this is not the right fit for you, simply send a message and we will refund your money immediately.

contact us

Reach out to learn more about our multi-teacher memberships