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...

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...

Special Needs Concert at Steinway

Steinway Piano Gallery Austin On June 13 2015 special needs students at Hurley Piano gave a piano recital at Steinway Piano Gallery in Austin Texwas. Students range from speech delay to aspergers, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy and...

Top 5 Reasons why Special Needs Music Lessons Are Helpful

There are many ways in which a piqued interest in music can lead to benefits for a lifetime. On the contrary, if that interest is somehow, suppressed, it could lead to dissatisfaction and annoyance at the subconscious level. And for those…

Visual Strategies to Help Special Children Learn the Piano

Children with special needs learn better when they can relate their lessons to something visually attractive, say bold colors or shapes that they can easily recognize. It might take several weeks for them to be able to grasp a particular idea clearly, but with...

Chime Candy

Hi Check out my music app for kids with special needs launched yesterday: Chime Candy on the App Store Also available in Google Play Store. Please download, it is free and leave an out of the park five star review! Thanks Richard Hurley...

Lillypond: Independent Data Blockchain

Lillypond: A Platform for Independent Data Ownership By Richard Hurley and Keith Guidry “Many dedicated people join global non-profit organizations to help, but the market often fails to fund or incentivize building the necessary infrastructure. I have long expected...

This Year Autism and Music 2018

Watching so many of my students develop deeper skills at the keyboard has me thinking about new projects for HurleyPiano. Music and coding go hand in hand so we are currently researching a Kickstarter campaign to promote a coding and music project for the special...

Call it a miracle: how strangers got two special needs families across the border

After a treacherous journey, two Honduran families with special needs children make it to California When I left the migrant caravan in early November, it was on a dusty road leading to Veracruz and hope was sinking. Most were exhausted and sick from the journey. The...