Music Education for Those on the Autism Spectrum
Hearts in Harmony String Instrument Program
In April 2018, AFBA launched a new pilot program to teach children with autism and related disabilities (and their parents) to play the violin, viola or cello. The first session was a great success! The second session is six weeks, and will run from May 7 to June 11, 2018, 6:00 - 7:00pm
The classes are open to any child on the autism spectrum or related disability. All functionalities welcome! Parents learn the instrument along with the child. Teacher-studio ratio is about 2:1.
The classes are taught by Thalea String Quartet. Children and their parents meet once a week for group class, and can also take private lessons. Part of the cost of the classes and instrument rental is subsidized by AFBA to the extent possible.
NEW SESSION STARTS MAY 7
One spot for beginning cello remaining for the May-June 2018 session.
Six week session:
Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm, May 7 to June 11, 2018
Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132
Scholarships may be available
For more information,
contact Stephen Prutsman at email@example.com
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Instrument Petting Zoo at AFBA Azure Concerts
AFBA works with fantastic musical partners to organize Azure events, sensory-friendly, family oriented concerts tailored to families with autism and related disabilities. Families can sing, dance, relax and have in these all-behaviors allowed events.
At the end of Azure music concerts, after the musical performances, we have an "Instrument Petting Zoo", where kids are allowed to interact with the musicians, touch the instruments, and sometimes even do a music jam! Families have reported this to be a joyous and enriching experience.
Many children on the autism spectrum are socially isolated because of sensory and behavioral challenges, but for some, they discover they are able to focus and connect to others through music.
I went to two concerts in Stanford's Music Hall. The first had string quartets. It had breaks where we could go on stage and play. I loved playing the drums. The second had jazz. It was fun. I danced to it. There were a lot of children with autism of all ages.
~ M, age 10, San Francisco Bay Area
I attended one of your concerts for the first time last week on Nov 16th with my 8.5 yr old non-verbal autistic son and his neurotypical almost 6 year old sister. I was nervous about it as even though I know that listening to recorded music -especially Mozart ;-) often calms him down when he is hyper, sad or frustrated, he has never been to a live concert and several attempts at taking him to regular children's shows have been difficult. At the concert last week he only got up 2-3 times and was pretty calm and quiet, I didn't need to take out food or iPads to keep him preoccupied- overall a big success - his little sister also fell in love with the viola at the concert!
~ Yael Naveh