The Neurodivergent Musician

#8 Pursuing Music Education

May 03, 2023 Jon Hart Episode 8
The Neurodivergent Musician
#8 Pursuing Music Education
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In this episode, I share my perspectives on the intersection of music education and neurodiversity, my personal experiences with music education, and a recommendation. Despite encountering difficulties along the way, I have emerged stronger and more resilient from those challenges.

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Hello and welcome back to the Neurodivergent Musician podcast. I'm your host Jon Hart with Luna my guitar. In this episode, we'll explore some common neurodivergent conditions and how educators and music teachers can support neurodivergent students. Each episode is broken up into a traffic light format where I’ll share insights in the red section, improvised babble in the amber and recommendations you might find handy in the green.

When it comes to music education, it's important to recognize and support neurodivergent students who may have unique strengths and challenges. Three neurodivergences that are commonly associated with musical ability are ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, can present challenges in a traditional classroom setting. However, music educators can utilize ADHD students' strengths in creativity and improvisation by providing opportunities for them to explore music in a more open-ended and experimental way. For example, allowing them to explore different instruments or encouraging them to improvise can help them thrive and develop their musical abilities.

Similarly, autism can also present challenges in a traditional classroom setting, particularly with social interaction and sensory processing. However, music educators can create a more inclusive environment by providing sensory accommodations and opportunities for individualized learning. Many individuals with autism have a deep love for music and possess remarkable musical talent. Providing them with the right support and resources can help them flourish and develop their skills.

Dyslexia, a neurodivergence that affects reading and writing abilities, can also impact music education. However, many dyslexic musicians report that they use their strengths in spatial awareness and pattern recognition to help them learn and create music. Music educators can support dyslexic students by providing visual aids and breaking down complex rhythms and patterns into smaller, more manageable components.

By embracing neurodiversity in music education, we can create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. By recognizing and utilizing the unique strengths and talents of neurodivergent students, we can help them thrive and succeed in their musical pursuits.