Music Blog

10 steps to starting special needs piano

The videos complimenting this blog can be found at www.hurleypiano.com. I recommend you watch Black Key videos 1-20 before you read this article. I will answer any and all questions therapists, parents and teachers have about this method. So get emailing as soon as...

Two Nursery Rhyme Piano Favorites

By now you are getting the idea that while piano can be taught to special needs kiddos it requires just as much work as any other teaching tool in your clinic or piano studio. So let’s take a look at learning some easy pieces; Twinkle, Twinkle; Brother Jack; Row, Row,...

Piano Blog Making A Trailer

If you use a trailer as a sketch up for a documentary then you can use a blog as a sketch up for your trailer. This blog is my pre trailer sketch, the gathering of ideas and intuitions, the separation of hunches from false starts and good ideas from bad. At a very...

What do Pedals on the Piano Do?

Pianos, keyboards and digital pianos can have one to three foot pedals that perform various musical functions. The most important pedal is the Damper or Sustain pedal, usually found on the furthest right on acoustic instruments, and the only one for single pedal...

In The Key of Genius

Holy shit…I’m beyond impressed with Derek’s talent! Wow, it’s super interesting to think that he’s clinically and medically incapacitated/slow and has the IQ of a 4-5 year old child, yet he’s been given such an amazing gift. I couldn’t imagine having to live my life...

Autism Musical

We are writing a musical with our students right now. The musical, Havoc Marvel, is written from the viewpoint of the protagonist with autism. Most musicals are written from the viewpoint of the doctor, the parent. This point of view will surprise you. The lyrics and...

Piano Genius

There is a young blind man who can play the piano like Mozart but cannot count to five or do up his own shoelaces. Can anyone explain the mystery of savant musician Derek Paraviccini? Derek, aged 25 at the time of this documentary, is autistic and totally blind with...