How Lessons Work

“I believe that the only two languages of music that can maximize a student’s potential cognitive gain are the original language of music notation & Lee Stockner’s Music Box Method™.”– Lee Stockner

Q: What are the 'targetable deficiencies' found in Special Needs Piano Lessons/Special Education Music?


  • Self-Esteem
  • Concentration
  • Instinct Control
  • Rhythmic Pacing
  • Repetition of playing songs/practice
  • Expanding Length of songs in progression
  • Expanding difficulty of song in progression
  • Nursery Rhymes, Classical Songs, Scales, Exercises, ETC.
  • Development of Physical Piano skills/strength
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Bilateral Coordination
  • Finger isolation
  • Shoulder stability
  • Motor Planning
  • Proprioception
  • Auditory (listening) processing skills
  • Auditory attention
  • Auditory memory
  • Auditory Discrimination
  • Auditory Figure-Ground
  • Ocular Motor Skills
  • Visual Fixation
Q: What does a Special Needs Music Teacher/Therapist/Qualified Professional need to teach an Occupational Octaves Piano™ Lesson?

A: The experience and knowledge gained through becoming Occupational Octaves Piano trained and certified!!

Some simple materials…

And of course, a piano student…

Q: If someone understands Lee Stockner's Music Box Method, will they be able to teach an Occupational Octaves Piano™ Lesson?

A: NO! An Occupational Octaves Piano™ lesson can only be taught by a certified Occupational Octaves Piano™ instructor who has gone through the training/certification process who knows how to develop special learning students through the Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain. Furthermore, with books 1-3 only being available to the public, access to books 4-8 are only available through a certified instructor!

As you can see, the step of translating the actual music is only 1/5 or 20% of what’s truly important in mental strengthening at the piano – the full, balanced and continual Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain! Trained and certified instructors are the only ones who will know the in depth methods to achieving this goal.