Tony is on the Autism Spectrum and has multiple disabilities.He began playing violin when he was five years old.


He has performed in recitals and played solo pieces for school events, friends and relatives. He even played as the bride walked down the aisle at a wedding.


His ability to play violin allows him to diversify his interests, gain self-confidence, exhibit socially appropriate behaviors and receive recognition for mastering a unique skill. 

Students with disabilities can benefit from music education and many can learn to play an instrument. 

Tony is special because he knows how to play the violin. 


Music education, especially learning to play an instrument provides an opportunity for students with special needs to access the benefits available to neurotypical students. Studying music can fortify the foundation necessary to master daily living and academic skills, to move closer to reaching his/her potential, to enjoy life to the fullest and to be an active participant in the community.  Playing an instrument gives him/her the chance to improve social emotional learning, increase feelings of self-worth, gain self-confidence, cultivate a sense of responsibility, develop self-discipline and facilitate academic achievement in order to meet life goals.



A successful practice​ is one in which the student is not asking to end the session and has met his pre-determined, appropriate practice goals (Appropriate goals are attainable with some effort.)

Recognize student's strengths and teach the student to compensate for weaknesses. 

 Make learning to play an instrument a positive experience. 

Progress and success are measured based on the Individual Student. 


​Positive practice experiences motivate the student to practice. Try these practice tips and  games adapted and modified to meet the needs of your student. 


Bad Days

We all have our bad days. There Take control and make practice on these days as easy as taking the instrument out of the case, polishing and putting it back, naming the parts of the instrument and/or practicing a piece s/he has mastered and enjoys.


ALWAYS Keep Your Word 

Empowering your student is a wonderful way to encourage a love of music. Remember, s/he is not truly empowered if you don’t follow through on promises. (Consider everything you say a promise.) Delaying or not following through erodes trust and makes practicing a negative experience.

Practice can include activities without the instrument.

Call these activities games, for example practicing with flashcards is Flashcard Fun, Name That Note and clapping out (stomping out) rhythms is Rhythm Time.) 

You may find the articles below helpful and informative. search for "play an instrument" and "students with disabilities" to find more sites. 

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