The best-case scenario is having the right professional with you during the most challenging moments of your most challenging lessons, which is what Lisa Barnett, MT-BC experienced. Lisa is also an adaptive piano instructor who used the Occupational Octaves Piano™ series before getting to work with program creator Lee D. Stockner, who “made the program come alive!”
“I was so happy to do this, I looked forward to it every week, and I learned an immense amount!”
“I think it’s a new language and I think it was done very well”
“Once everything is set up with the letters on the piano and the rings, the method is just so user friendly. It’s so easy to play these songs and have success very quickly”
“For this particular child and some of the kids with special needs, this Occupational Octaves™ addresses their needs so much better than anything I’ve seen before”
“For some students with learning issues, motor planning issues, and attention issues, this method is far superior to anything I’ve seen before”
Lisa’s experience is important as a music therapist because she speaks to the two types of goals we seek with Occupational Octaves Piano™; musical and non-musical.
Professionals such as special educators, occupational therapists, recreation therapists and other seeking to reach non-musical goals for their clients including increased concentration, improved fine motor skills, emotional regulation or postural steadiness. Training for this program means learning how to use the piano to reach goals that are specific to your clients and learning to play a bit yourself!
Music teachers seek musical goals such as independently reading scales, classical songs and having strong sight reading skills. For whatever reason a student struggles to read and succeed with traditional notes, assure that students will first play challenging music with a simple language then learn the challenging language with simple steps!