With a Special-Needs-Piano Curriculum on sale at 15% off through April & May and a Recital Planned in Melville, NY in June, Occupational Octaves Piano™ is Helping Those with Autism Spectrum Disorders Experience Real Musicianship every month, every season, and every year!
Long Island, NY (May, 2016) — With April’s Autism Awareness Month behind us, Special Needs Music Educator and Musician Lee Stockner, along with Guy Brogna- Bass Player for several world renowned rock bands and owner of All Music Inc.– are the founders of “Music Lee Inclined Guy, Inc.”, and are keeping the topic in the spotlight with the revolutionary book series Occupational Octaves Piano! OOP is designed for students with Autism and other special needs to be able to easily and effectively play the piano, now with training and certification available for instructors of various backgrounds related to the worlds of Special Education, Music Education, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy and more. On June 26 at 12:30PM EST, Lee will be hosting a recital at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Melville, NY featuring only students on the Autism Spectrum. It will be carried via live stream on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and other live streaming platforms, and 15 students with Autism and other special needs are slated to perform!
Since 2004, at least 1 in 68 children have been born with an Autism Spectrum Disorder which causes varied deficiencies among those diagnosed in areas such as speech, communication, socialization, comprehension, living skills, physical strength, balance, emotional expression and more. While the Autism Spectrum is broad and many with this diagnosis are able to achieve great things, these individuals are usually considered “high-functioning,” such as Temple Grandin. Few programs exist that are truly SPECIAL-NEEDS-USER-FRIENDLY, meaning that the students who are considered “low-functioning” can use it as well.
In a groundbreaking manner, Lee Stockner has reinvented the language of music for people with severe disabilities stemming from Autism and other Special Needs so that as never before, virtually anyone who can match colors and letters can become a musician! Occupational Octaves Piano™ is the very first full piano education curriculum written in a Special-Needs-User-Friendly language of music, which was created by the author, and is named Lee Stockner’s Music Box Method™.
David and San Lu Yu of Great Neck, NY are the parents of Brendan, who is 5 years old and diagnosed with Autism. His cognitive and communicative skills are considered ‘low functioning’ and he attends a special school for students with similar issues who also require constant individualized attention, adapted education, and therapy. Although he lacks the skills to properly read traditional music and/or be able to advance with it, he excels at the piano using Lee’s program. 6 months into lessons, David says “Brendan was non-verbal at age 4 when he took his first piano lesson with Lee. He responded incredibly well to Lee’s Occupational Octaves Piano™ system and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) teaching style. Not only is Brendan now able to play many piano pieces from Occupational Octaves Piano books 1-3 (over 100 pages of material), he develops self-confidence and his attention span every time through getting so many notes right with specific fingers and counting. Each week Brendan looks forward to his lesson and as Special Needs parents, it brings us great joy to see him becoming more communicative and expressive through these lessons. He regularly requests the colored rings, markers, books and specific songs used during lessons. He also loves to sing Old McDonald at the end of every lesson! We see Lee’s program as an important tool for our son in dealing with autism and connecting with the world. Watching Brendan perform beautiful music to the applause of our friends and families is another joy to behold.”
The program is a full 8 book series from Mary Had a Little Lamb to Mozart, featuring a #SpecialNeedsUserFriendly #NewLanguageOfMusic with fun and colorful #RingsOnTheFingers! Books 1-3 are available to the general public (check below for discount information) while books 4-8 are exclusively for Occupational Octaves Piano™ Certified Instructors. In an E-MAIL ONLY SALE, Books 1-3 are available at a 15% discount through April, which is Autism Awareness Month, and May to honor the idea that Autism Awareness shouldn’t only be a public focus in April. Message Lee [AT] OccupationalOctavesPiano.com to place your order!
Understanding how to play the piano and read traditional music notation does not equal understanding how to teach it. This standard idea is even more important for a Special Needs Piano Lesson, so Lee began training and certifying Occupational Octaves Piano™ instructors, worldwide! Now, a new crop of Occupational Octaves Piano™ certified instructors is growing and with each one, dozens of worldwide special learners have an opportunity to play the piano! Teachers are located in schools and private programs through New York, Florida, California, Texas, Ireland, Bahrain, and Jordan with more to come!
Occupational Octaves Piano™ will also soon be accepting entrants for a contest to have a school or individual who you may think could be an Occupational Octaves Piano™ instructor receive a free training and certification! Check back at OOPianoLessons.com or Occupational Octaves Piano on Facebook for more information this summer.
With past recitals have been held at the Queens Museum of Art and Franklin Roosevelt Building, the June 26th recital at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Melville, NY (12:30PM) is the perfect opportunity for 15 students with Autism and other special needs to let their musicianship shine thanks to Occupational Octaves Piano™!
For More Information On Occupational Octaves Piano™ (featuring Lee Stockner’s Music Box Method™), VISIT: http://www.occupationaloctavespiano.com/
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