Hearts in Harmony String Instrument Program
for Children with Autism and related developmental disabilities and their families
"Hearts in Harmony" is a new string instrument program for families with autism, in which children learn to play the violin, viola or cello in group lessons.
Group lessons are once a week for six weeks, and are taught by renowned bay area music teachers.
From April to June classes have been mostly taught by the fabulous Thalea String Quartet at the Pomeroy Center in San Francisco.
Classes are open to any child on the autism spectrum or related disability, and also to parents to learn how to practice with their kiddo and also learn the instrument basics along with the child. Teacher-studio ratio is about 2:1.
A recent brain study produced results that may show that music lessons can be good for children with autism (see below). Plus, they are fun for the kids, and the whole family!
Hearts in Harmony
by Autism Fun Bay Area
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For Sessions 1 to 3 (April to July 2018), the weekly group lessons were held Mondays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Pomeroy Center in San Francisco.
We may offer new beginner's lessons in the Peninsula if there is sufficient interest, and funds.
Please fill out our survey if you are interested in either location
In April to June 2018, the families were requested to contribute $150 per child for each six week session (parents learn with their child for free), and instrument rentals were around $30 per month. Some scholarships are made available for families in need, and a few instruments have been acquired by AFBA to loan to families for free.
AFBA subsidized the cost of the program to the extent possible, and families are requested to help pay for the teachers, and to rent (or buy) their own instruments.
We are currently fundraising to try to bring the cost of the program down for families, and to purchase instruments to able to loan the families for free or at a discounted rate.
You're invited to donate here!
In Fall 2018, if there is sufficient interest, AFBA will offer new beginner sessions in San Francisco, and hopefully in the Peninsula.
Please fill out this survey if you are interested in joining us for the Fall 2018 session.
Music Lessons Can be Good for the Autistic Child!
The Neuroimaging Laboratory (Italy) performed MRI imaging that showed that integrative activities that incorporate movement, sight, touch, or sound are often more effective than training or therapy directed to one modality at a time.
That is to say, activities where the child can practice working with two or more of the things on this list, is more effective than just working on one of them at a time. So music lessons can be really good for kids with autism because they get to practice ALL of these - movement, sight, touch and sound -- at the same time!