TTTV059: Integrating Music Therapy and Art Therapy with Karen Nisenson

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When you’re teaching students with special needs, sometimes you need to stray off the beaten path a little. We need to learn how to teach each child, the way they need to learn. We need skills that will help us to reach students before we can teach them.

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Karen Nisenson

Karen Nisenson is a music and art therapist, and a piano teacher. When working with piano students with special needs, she borrows some aspects of music therapy to connect to each child. She uses music, art and other unique approaches to give every child the opportunity to have a creative outlet.

Karen has lots of great takeaways that you can use in your teaching straight away. If you have a student you’re struggling to connect with, this is the podcast for you.


Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources AreaNot a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • The goal of the Simply Music Gateway program
  • Why Karen started the Arts for Healing organisation
  • How feelings can be expressed similarly in visual art and music
  • What music therapy is and how it differs from music lessons
  • How teaching students with special needs can give you a new perspective
  • How unconventional techniques can transition to more traditional lessons
  • The role of improvisation in Karen’s teaching

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Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.

Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.

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Full Transcript


Which unconventional teaching technique inspired you?

Are you going to try out any of the music therapy inspired activities?

Did Karen motivate you to give teaching special needs students a try?

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