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Piano For Special Kidz is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year! Ten wonderful, exciting years of students learning to play the piano, performing and entertaining family and friends! Piano For Special Kidz was created to fill a void in piano instruction for students with disabilities. Students have a Special Education Music teacher with the experience and education necessary to work with learning and/or behavioral issues that require specialized attention.
At Piano For Special Kidz, lessons are given exclusively to students with special needs.Dee Cucinotta teaches students from ages 4 through adult with Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's, ADD/ADHD, PDD, developmental delays, TBI, learning disabilities and children with anxiety and focusing issues.Students do not need to have a background in music. They only need to know their numbers 1-5 and letters A-G.
The goal is not only to teach the student how to play the piano, but to play as independently as possible. Here students are guided through obstacles related to their disability that arise while learning. All students read music and play a variety of musical styles at their instructional level. Many students go beyond expectations, which are already high, and learn to play at levels beyond what their parents and teachers thought possible. On a daily basis we witness the miracle of the ability that lies beneath the disability. Ultimately, they will have a hobby they can enjoy and share with friends and family.
Dee works closely with parents on individual student needs, addressing both musical instruction and issues involving behaviour and anxiety as well as weak muscle tone and short attention span.
Dee is certified to teach both Special Education and Music.
Lessons are given in a music studio in a professional setting.
Students are welcome to play at our annual Spring Recital.
She welcomes input from music therapists, classroom teachers, OT's and social workers.