Meet Our Special Needs Music Our Instructors

Occupational Octaves Piano™ is designed as a one-to-one (non-group) piano lesson taught by a certified special needs music teacher. The only people who will be able to teach and properly use this program are those who have completed the training series and have experienced numerous lessons at each training/certification level. Anyone using this program without certification will be a far less than adequate instructor.

Additionally, no opinion is more valuable than the opinion of a parent, student, program director or instructor. If you are involved in certified Occupational Octaves Piano™ lessons and have an opinion you’d like to share, whether positive or negative, or have a specific complaint about a specific certified instructor, please e-mail us at Support@OccupationalOctavesPiano.com.

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Piano4specialearners@gmail.com
+353 87 6281641


Sandra achieved Grade VIII Pianoforte with The Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2002 and since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Dublin Business School Sandra has gone on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis, followed by a Masters in Science Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Trinity College Dublin.

Sandra has experience in many teaching positionswhere she has supported students with Autism, Asperger’s, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, learning difficulties, and behavioural difficulties, in one-to-one and small group sessions. Over the course of her professional training, Sandra completed work placement with Ability West, Galway.
Sandra is currently a Graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and is trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention.

Sandra achieved Grade VIII Pianoforte with The Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2002 and since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Dublin Business School Sandra has gone on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis, followed by a Masters in Science Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Trinity College Dublin.

Sandra has experience in many teaching positionswhere she has supported students with Autism, Asperger’s, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, learning difficulties, and behavioural difficulties, in one-to-one and small group sessions. Over the course of her professional training, Sandra completed work placement with Ability West, Galway.
Sandra is currently a Graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and is trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention.

Aya al-Baghdadi
Jordan, Amman
shmesani, Alqazwini st. 6
Phone: 00962799935455

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Linda Cassell-Lalonde
CreativeMusicAbility.com
310 Taxter Run Lane
Valrico Florida. 813-315-9929
Wauchula Florida. 863-773-4480


Linda Lalonde owns Creative Music Ability Music Lessons and Training in Valrico, Florida and Wauchula, Florida. When she learned of Lee Stockner’s Music Box Method, she immediately sought to become a certified instructor. Having taught over 100 Occupational Octaves Piano lessons in 2014 alone, she is a Level 3 certified instructor having worked with severe cases of Autism, ADHD and other diagnoses.

Linda’s degree is in Music Education K-12 and is certified to teach voice, strings and multiple instrumental In addition, she is a double major in piano and trombone and a voice minor.
She taught public school from 1973-2005 Youngstown City Schools, Youngstown, Ohio. as a voice teacher and a school counselor which also included producing two major Broadway productions with 250 students per year. She took special training at Gaulidet University in Washington, D.C. for the hearing impaired and worked for 14 years at a school for the Hearing Impaired, Orthopedic Handicapped and autistic children and then moved on to another school to give voice lessons to students with severe behavior disorders.

– Clarion State University. Clarion Pa. B.S. Music Education. 1969-1972.
– Suzuki Training courses at Clarion University. 1972.
– Youngstown State University. Youngstown Ohio. -Or-ff Method certification. 1974.
– Church choir director and organist. Hubbard Ohio. 1975-2001.
– Youngstown State University. Youngstown Ohio. -M.M. Performance.  1976-77.
– Youngstown State University. Youngstown Ohio. -M.S. Counseling. 1985-1986.
– Kent State University. Kent Ohio. PhD. Music Education courses. 1980.
– Detroit National Trauma Institute. Detroit Michigan. Trauma Consultant. 2003.
– Gospel band performer. Wauchula Fl. 2006-2008.
– Private piano and voice instructor at Florida Institute of Neurology Rehabilitation. Ona Fl. 2013-2014.
– Level 5 Occupational Octaves Certification as of June, 2015.
– Private Music Teacher 1971-Present.
– Public Music Concerts regularly for students to play at Assisted Living Facilities.
– Students perform as guest artists for special occasions and soloists in musical productions.

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S.C.O. Family of Services: The Christopher School
8570 148th St, Jamaica, NY 11435
(718) 658-8180


The Christopher School is a New York State certified special education school that provides a therapeutic and residential setting for children with developmental disabilities who require 24-hour supervision and who have been placed, or are at risk of being placed, in residential schools outside New York State. By providing the right combination of support, guidance and care, the children are able to participate in a safe and integrated educational environment. Located in the Bronx, the school allows the children to maintain close contact with their families and communities. When the youth reaches 21 years of age, SCO provides a smooth transition to a carefully chosen adult placement.

TheSpecialPianist.com


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Lee Stockner
ABAPianoLessons.com
Multiple Locations in Queens and Long Island
(516) 457-1111


Lee Stockner is the pioneer of Lee Stockner’s Music Box Method and the creator of Occupational Octaves Piano. At 32 years old, he has been teaching piano lessons for 1/2 his life and working with students with Autism and other special needs for 1/4 of it. Since launching ABA Piano Lessons in 2009, Lee has taught hundreds of students over the course of thousands of lessons and believes his method is the way of the future for Special Needs Music Education.
Lee spends 7 days a week teaching special learners and training new instructors with a passion for accomplishing any and all achievable goals, especially cognitive gain, at the piano. Having grown up dealing with issues stemming from A.D.D. and having benefited tremendously from 20 years of classical piano lessons, he constantly strives to balance all of his teaching choices with empathy for each individual’s special needs.

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Selena Pistoresi – Owner of Cultivate Music Studio


  • Music Specialist at Open Mind School (a nonprofit inclusion school) 2014-present
  • Design and teach a clustered group music curriculum for 12 children of different ages and special needs
  • Provide versatile, customized one-to-one, small group, and large group music instruction
  • Integrate music into academic curriculum
  • Private Piano instructor since 2008
  • Licensed Musikgarten (early childhood music education) instructor
  • Member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music from Santa Clara University