Occupational Octaves: Teaching With Heart

10 Oct,2016

Hi everyone- It’s Lee Stockner with a new post for you! In previous blogs I’ve broken down the how’s and why’s of the Special-Needs-User-Friendly language and the technical steps of the Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain however, no endeavors function optimally in the world of Special Education without a teacher’s approach that is based in observation and empathy. For me personally, when I make a decision about how to handle a situation with a special learner, I want it to come from my heart and I don’t believe I can..

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Parent Testimonial Blog

20 Sep,2016

My daughter is 11 years old and has autism. She has significant language delays and great difficulty focusing, but she loves music and seems to have a great ear for music. It seemed natural that learning to play an instrument would be a source of pleasure and benefit to her. Unfortunately, her neurological disorder made learning to play very difficult for her. We made several attempts with different teachers, including teachers who had training and experience working with children with autism, but our daughter made almost no progress and showed..

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Blog Written by Linda Lalonde

15 Sep,2016

What an amazing discovery Occupational Octaves Piano & Lee Stockner’s Music Box Piano Method is. It enhances all my skills developed during many, many years of piano teaching (I’ve taught private music lessons for over 40 years). My experience includes being a certified music teacher and private teacher, school counselor and Occupational Octaves Piano™ Certified Instructor currently teaching 12 students with Autism and other special needs (as of September, 2014). Since becoming certified I’ve taught in numerous centers including the Florida Institute of Neurology Rehabilitation. Ona, Florida. I’ve been astounded..

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Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein Being a young and talented musician was a gift and a curse for me. I took my first piano lesson before turning 5 years old and was a player right away. I had an incredible, world class teacher named Diane who brought me to be GREAT at playing intense and difficult classical piano music over 20 years of lessons. I handled this challenge so well that at 15 years old she made me a teaching protégé. I was really good right away..

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Developing Philosophies for Special Needs Music Education

30 Aug,2016

I’d like to talk about some things that bring us together, things that point out our similarities instead of our differences cause that’s all you ever hear about in this country is our differences. That’s all the media and the politicians are ever talking about: the things that separate us, things that make us different from one another. Do you ever look at your watch… and then you don’t know what time it is? And you have to look again, and you still don’t know the time. So you look..

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Some Occupational Octaves Students

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.” ― Oliver Sacks I believe Occupational Octaves Piano™ is the best program ever created for special learners to learn an instrument and gain the true benefits of playing fundamentally..

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Occupational Octaves: Adding that Occupational Part

26 Jul,2016

Hi there everyone. I’m Lee Stockner and I’m pleased to share my latest Occupational Octaves column with you. The bulk of my lessons have been taught alongside, and improved by, occupational therapists, who I see as some of the most important people in the world of special education. If there is a deficiency in any area, an occupational therapist (OT) is the exact person to be able to diagnose and analyze it. In this post, I want to talk about how to spot strengths and deficiencies in your special needs..

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Occupational Octaves: Do People With Autism…?

24 May,2016

Hi there again. It’s Lee welcoming you back for our next Occupational Octaves column! After a very, very long two-part introductory blog, it’s time for me to focus on my audience – you guys! Gail and I have had so many conversations highlighting the disconnect that people may feel when encountering piano students with special needs – whether diagnosed or not. The potential variety of issues is part of such a wide range, so I thought maybe answering a few questions might be in order. We’ll start with something Gail..

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Occupational Octaves: …as a Pianist with ADHD

1 Mar,2016

In this fast advancing world with such great challenges for young people with ADHD out there, I see the human mind is the most important topic at hand – not the teacher, the original language of music, nor any upcoming performance. Tim Ferris once said about diet and exercise “You don’t need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue.” Young people with ADHD need to believe in themselves. The difficulty of decoding traditional music notation as beginners may prevent them from ever knowing..

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Occupational Octaves: Revolutionizing Piano for Special Learners Part 2

19 Jan,2016

Hey friends, welcome back to the Occupational Octaves Column! Once again, my name is Lee Stockner and I am the creator, owner and president of Occupational Octaves Piano™, the first ever Special-Needs-User-Friendly piano curriculum & training program! This is the second part of my introductory blog, the first part of which I used to introduce the success of one of my longest tenured students, Alie. While Part 1 focused on what was different about Alie, his daily challenges and the incredible triumph of his musicianship, today I’d like to focus..

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