We are proud to announce our new adapted lessons program
So.i.Heard now offers Adapted Music Lessons for students who need a more creative and flexible learning environment in order to thrive. When the structure and expectations of a typical lesson are just not suitable, we recommend having your student try this highly individualized approach.
Adapted Lessons are meticulously tailored to meet the needs of those who learn differently, whether due to a diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, auditory processing disorder, anxiety, ADHD, or those who simply have a need for extra help to come out of their shell or to feel comfortable when trying something new.
Your Adapted Lesson teacher will utilize their skillset as a Board-Certified Music Therapist to teach functional music learning. Music Therapists are trained and experienced in working with people with a vast number of diagnoses and functioning levels, and will draw from this knowledge to adjust expectations and exercises that will most efficiently guide your student towards being a proficient musician. Adapted Lessons are offered for guitar, piano, voice, and rhythm and percussion, and there is flexibility to change or try out different instruments at any time. Your Adapted Lesson teacher will also use engaging and accessible tools like xylophones, harmonicas, and various hand percussion instruments to further reinforce music and music theory concepts. Techniques such as songwriting, improvisational play, and music games will be employed to help the atypical learner find their own path to musicianship. To find out more, come meet us at the studio and we can discuss how Adapted Lessons may help your student reach their full potential.
"It’s really at the crux of what parents dealing with the Spectrum are looking for. Keep my child from turning inward. Keep him present. Let him practice utilizing different skills to stretch his attention. Create new neuropathways. And I love to think that he’s really working toward being able to play one day . What a gift of confidence that could be for him."
- Linnet, parent of adapted lesson student
BROOKE SLEMMER - PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Brooke graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's degree in music therapy and became board certified in 2011. She became certified in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) in 2012. She spent several years working at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she developed the NMT program, helping children with trauma and neurological disorders regain function and a sense of self. She completed her Master's degree at the Colorado State University music therapy program, which is renowned within the field for it's prolific Center for Biomedical Research in Music. Brooke joined the So.i.Heard team in 2014 to design and implement the music therapy program at our studio. She has extensive experience working with people of all ages with a specialty in diagnoses related to brain function. She has studied voice and various instruments for over 20 years and has a soft spot for piano rock, 90s R&B, and Disney heroines.
Jennifer graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's degree in music therapy, and became board certified in music therapy in 2015. She attended the Neurologic Music Therapy Institute at the Unviersity of Toronto in 2017, and became certified in NMT there. She has experience working in a variety of settings with various populations, including those in hospice care, early childhood development, psychiatric and rehabilitative hospitals, and nursing homes. Jennifer specializes in working with children and adults with special needs. She joined the So.i.Heard team in 2016 as a music therapist, as well as a piano and voice teacher. Jennifer has studied voice and piano for over 15 years, and enjoys folk and classic rock.