“At nearly 91, my mother is finding life difficult now because she has lost a good deal of her vision. She has never even touched a piano before and has had no musical training. I was at a loss as to what I could interest her in . . . and then I thought of Occupational Octaves. Although she can’t read the letters, she can see the colours ... This video came at the end of her very first half hour lesson. She really enjoyed it. So did I.”Sue from England
My 13-year old son, who is diagnosed with Autism and struggles to find successful and rewarding experiences, has taken piano lessons with Lee Stockner for over a year. Lee Stockner's Occupational Octaves Piano method has helped my son to learn in ways I would not have imagined possible. My son is now able to be focused and disciplined for a 45 minute lesson without tiring, has learned to read music via Lee's adapted notation, and has gone from playing simple one-handed pieces to playing with both hands. Now, he goes all the way through more than a book each lessons and plays between 30 and 40 pages of material from books 4 and 5 of Lee’s curriculum. My son is delighted when it is time for his lesson and clearly enjoys learning and playing. It often has a calming effect on him and it seems to tap and exercise his intellectual abilities in a unique and deep way that almost nothing else can. I am so happy for my son that he is learning to enjoy the challenge, stimulation and pleasure that learning to play the piano, and music, gives him. In 2016, he performed at a special needs recital after only a few months of lessons to applause and we look forward to his next performance.Susannah from Long Island
"Update on lessons - started with a new student (with autism) today and, after trying three books, found yours to be the one that worked! He took right off from wearing two, then three rings and playing the first three songs. I had to guide his wrist a couple of times, but his mother and I were thrilled! As for my student with Down Syndrome, he was much more tolerant, keeping the rings on today. Thanks for such a wonderfully accessible and intuitive approach! My other book 1's will hopefully arrive soon and they can each keep their own. I do have three students I am working with, so let me know what the cost would be for 3 each of books 2 & 3.Tony from Upstate NY
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