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Welcome to the Inclusive Piano Teaching Blog sponsored by The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. We hope you will join us in the coming months as we share information on teaching learners of all abilities. Check back often for new content!

What is the blog?

The Inclusive Piano Teaching blog is designed to bring you in-depth and practical information on teaching students with special needs. Our writers have extensive experience working with students across the autism spectrum, and in working with students with Down Syndrome, visual impairments, hearing impairments, ADD/ADHD, Fragile-X Syndrome, and various other learning disabilities, as well as at-risk and under-served youth.

Who are the writers?

Dr. Beth Bauer is Guest Lecturer in Pedagogy, Academic Advisor for Pedagogy Degree, Internship Director at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and brings 20 years of experience working with students with special needs including Down Syndrome and autism. She is founder and instructor of the Beethoven’s Buddies program, an innovative music program which facilitates cognitive and emotional growth for students with developmental delays. Dr. Bauer is co-chair of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Dr. Melissa Martiros is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Music at Martin Methodist University, and brings 12 years of experience working with students with autism and other special needs, as well as experience working with at-risk and under-served youth. She is founder and director of the OpporTUNEity Music Program, a co-curricular service-learning project that provides music lessons for underserved youth in south central Tennessee. Dr. Martiros is co-chair of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Dr. Scott Price is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy at The University of South Carolina and brings nearly 20 years of experience teaching students with autism and other special needs. He is founder and instructor of the Carolina LifeSong Initiative, a program that provides piano lessons and music experiences for students with autism and other special needs. Dr. Price currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. He is past chair and current member of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

How do I participate?

Stop back often for new entries. If you have subjects that you would like to see addressed, please send a short note to the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will do our best to respond in future blog entries.

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you back soon.

In addition, The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will include workshop offerings on teaching students with special needs. The next conference is scheduled for July 26-29, 2017 in Lombard, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Information is available at http://keyboardpedagogy.org/national-conference-info2