See below for information on music lessons for children and adults with special needs, Autism, or other challenges.
"My son faces a number of mental health and psychosocial special needs challenges, so it is very heartening for him to be able to connect with someone... as committed, patient, & understanding as Malena... His self image & confidence is increasing... I highly recommend this teacher."
Carrie H 8/7/2019
At Malena's Music & More we strive to individualize all classes and music lessons, tailored to each student's strengths, interests, and opportunities. We offer an interactive, hands-on approach to learning that challenges students while having fun. We love working with students who have challenges and/or special needs, including Autism! We believe that everyone has the right & the ability to learn and grow, and that everyone should have an equal opportunity!
Students with varying challenges, special needs, Autism, and/or disabilities have just as much of a right to learn and grow as anyone else. They DO have the ability to learn! We will go at their individual pace during music lessons, using techniques that help each student learn best. We choose curriculum that is the best match for each student, factoring in previous knowledge, comprehension level, and learning styles.
Music Lessons online or in our Limerick,, Maine studio.
We have years of experience working with students who have special needs, including but not limited to:
Although not certified or licensed in music therapy, music lessons teachers use proven & solid techniques with special needs students to work on coping skills, anxiety, redirection, focus, memory, concentration, & more. as needed during lessons.
See below for our compiled list of agencies and services in Maine to help people with Special Needs, including Autism. If you have a suggestion of an agency or service to add, please let us know! We're always increasing our resources.
"My daughter has autism, and Malena has been great at figuring out the best way for her to learn the piano, keeping lessons both successful and enjoyable. She's been working with my daughter for several years, and I highly recommend her!"
Cammie H. 9/2/2018
People with special needs and/or Autism who were on Malena's caseload at Living Innovations who have expressed interest in music lessons are welcome to register for classes/lessons one year after discharging from her caseload to uphold ethical social worker guidelines. Thank you for your understanding.