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Sound Experiences Piano Instruction & Music Therapy for Special Needs Kids
By Denise Young, Composer/Pianist, Instructor & Music Therapist

Lessons are designed to meet the student's individual learning style and interests. Theory, technique, ear and rhythm training, and recital prep are included in the lessons.

My Teaching and Music Therapy Background

I began my musicianship at the age of four, playing by ear with my father and I began taking piano lessons at age five. After nearly ten years of studying classical and modern musical styles, I began to write music as a way of self-expression. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music, Music Therapy, and a Master of Arts. I have taught music for about ten years to all ages including those with special needs and Autism. My music is produced by Grammy Award Winner, Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records. The latest release is entitled, "Something You Dream Of…" and is available at iTunes, Pandora Radio, and Amazon, among others.

Piano & Music Therapy Sessions are geared toward goals. The benefits may include:

  1. Learning to be proficient on a musical instrument
  2. Improving motor/coordination skills
  3. Increasing attention span / Calming / Decreasing hyperactivity
  4. Improving academic tasks
  5. Behavior management
  6. Increasing self-esteem
  7. Encouraging socialization
  8. Improving emotional growth
  9. Facilitating more speech/communication
  10. Providing an outlet for healthy expression
  11. Free improv / lyric writing / songwriting
  12. Enhancing historical and cultural knowledge through music

Real Life Studies Have Shown the Benefits of Piano

The Benefits of Piano: "Perhaps the greatest benefit of having a piano in your life is also the one we've known about the longest--the uplifting effect it has on your spirit. When you sit on that bench and open the keyboard cover, you tap into a powerful way to communicate emotion, enliven a gathering or just relax. Just beneath the surface, however, the piano is much more than that. For example, a recent study at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, demonstrated that grade-school children who took piano lessons for three years scored higher than their peers on tests of general and spatial cognitive development--the very faculties needed for performance in math, engineering and other pursuits. Other scientists are finding similar results. A University of California at Irvine study showed that kids who took piano lessons along with computer puzzle-solving did better in math. Among older Americans, according to a Michigan State University research project, keyboard lessons significantly reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness. In fact, researchers probing the inner workings of the brain have found neural firing patterns that bear a remarkable resemblance to music--suggesting that music may hold the key to higher brain function. Playing the piano is also an excellent way to strengthen eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills, and kids who take piano lessons learn a lot about discipline, dedication and the rewards of hard work. For so many people, having music in their lives means having a piano (or keyboard) in their homes. And while the piano is beefing up your brain, it's adding beauty to your home, joy to your entertaining and a lasting investment to your life."

Your Investment in Music for Your Child Can Be a Gift that Lasts a Lifetime!

In-Studio Lesson Tuition (4 lessons/month)
Includes Lesson books, 2 recitals/year, and other materials

  • Weekly 30 minute lessons - $120 per month
  • Weekly 45 minute lessons - $170 per month
  • Weekly 60 minute lessons - $220 per month
  • Family discount for siblings sharing an hour lesson $220
  • Tuition is due monthly, beginning at the first lesson of the month.
  • Materials such as books will be provided by the instructor.
  • If the student must miss a lesson it can be rescheduled if notice given at least 24 hours in advance. If the instructor must reschedule, a make-up lesson will be offered. Months with five lessons will have one free lesson or a make-up for previously missed lesson(s).

"I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music, It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music." George Eliot English novelist (1819-1880)

Studio Location
Redlands, CA