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TTTV060: Unpacking Autism with Clinical Psychologist Lydia Meem

by Tim Topham

As a piano teacher, you probably consider music to be your area of expertise. But we also have to wear so many other hats as well. When a student with special needs walks into our studio, we need to understand their diagnosis so we can teach them better. Sometimes we can feel completely in over our ... TTTV060: Unpacking Autism with Clinical Psychologist Lydia Meem

09/30/2016 Read more

TTTV059: Integrating Music Therapy and Art Therapy with Karen Nisenson

by Tim Topham

When you’re teaching students with special needs, sometimes you need to stray off the beaten path a little. We need to learn how to teach each child, the way they need to learn. We need skills that will help us to reach students before we can teach them. Karen Nisenson is a music and art ... TTTV059: Integrating Music Therapy and Art Therapy with Karen Nisenson

09/23/2016 Read more

TTTV057: Measuring Success in Smiles with Susan Bessette

by Tim Topham

Sometimes all it takes for a student to be successful in their piano lessons is for the teacher to reframe what success means. Not every student is going to be able to play Beethoven sonatas…which is why Susan Bessette is measuring success in smiles. After Susan retired from teaching in the prison system, she couldn’t ... TTTV057: Measuring Success in Smiles with Susan Bessette

09/09/2016 Read more