A: Traditional music is a symbolic set of musical instructions. Lee Stockner's Music Box Method™ is the first Special-Needs-User-Friendly language of music with the exact same basic musical instructions as traditional music however, instead of using confusing, black & white traditional music, Lee Stockner's Music Box Method™ uses colored letters in rhythmically designed boxes to communicate the musical instructions with a level of clarity never before seen. You can find this language printed in 8 Special Needs Piano books that make up the Occupational Octaves Piano™ curriculum and series!
A: The clarity of Lee Stockner's Music Box Method™ makes the musical instructions that are normally hidden within the complex structure of traditional music functional and easy! Here's how easy it is to understand which note to play and which finger to use. There is also a built in timing and rhythm component using the "boxes" of Lee Stockner's Music Box Method™, which is also simple for special learners!
A: Most people believe that when a neuro-typical learner is reading music, there are two repeated steps to follow - read the note and play the note. When you watch a high level classical player read music, there are actually FIVE repeated steps they take:
It is our belief at Occupational Octaves Piano™ that students who benefit cognitively from reading and playing the piano benefit from these five steps in repetition as opposed to benefitting from reading traditional music itself. We believe that the actual step of translating the music is a challenge, but one that musicians master to the point where reading the notes eventually becomes as easy as reading English. Once a neuro-typical student is reading traditional music notation with that sort of ease, he/she can focus on all five steps of the Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain and become a musician!
In order for these five steps to work smoothly and repetitively like a classical pianist, translating the music must be handled functionally and easily so that the other steps may have equal attention. Special Learners are frequently unable to read traditional music functionally and easily (or at all), which precludes those students from benefitting cognitively through the Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain.
I created Lee Stockner's Music Box Method™, an entirely new Special-Needs-User-Friendly language of music that through it's system of colored letters in rhythmically designed boxes, allows special learners to "Functionally and Easily" handle the translate process and use the Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain!
Leads to special learners being able to handle the translation steps easily!
And then can functionally and easily access the Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain and truly become an…
Occupational Octaves™ Pianist!!!
So many Special Needs Piano Instructors and Special Needs Music Teachers have been focused on how to adapt the Special Learner to the original language of music when it turns out that adapting the language of music to the Special Learner was the key all along! Please join me in using Occupational Octaves Piano™ featuring Lee Stockner's Music Box Method™ as the most person-centric music playing program available and a route to the cognitive improvement of Special Learners around the world!