I have been using Occupational Octaves Piano books for the past year and I have to say they have revolutionized my piano teaching with my students who have autism. After using traditional piano methods and discovering they are just not the right fit, and as a piano teacher of 25 years with a degree in music education, I am extremely impressed with the clean look of Occupational Octaves – it keeps the focus exactly where it should be – on notes, fingers, and beats – and keeps my students making music. With traditional piano method books, my students would have taken a very long time to get to the music making stage.
Distinguishing between the rhythm, the fingering, and whether a note was a step or a skip was all, unfortunately, beyond the current level of study. With Occupational Octaves, new pathways to reading music have been created and students are playing real songs right away. Turning the page to see what’s next has never before been so exciting! Moving to Occupational Octaves has been a great decision. My students love to play their favorite songs again and again which makes everyone very happy.