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Where words fail, music speaks.
— Hans Christian Andersen

The Bach Academy is very excited to be leading the way to music education access for those with special needs in the Naperville area.  Simply Music Gateway is a unique and innovative playing-based piano program designed specifically for students who think and learn differently, including those on the Autism spectrum, as well as those with learning disabilities, neurological dysfunction, developmental delays, and ADHD. The elements of music, rhythm, harmony and melody provide pathways to non-verbal communication that express feelings and ideas, and stimulate speech in those that have difficulty expressing themselves with language. Rethinking conventional methods of music learning, this program accommodates each individual student, developing the fine motor skills necessary to progress to more advanced levels, and addressing processing issues and learning differences by focusing on one sensory system at a time.


the story of mary and jewels


click on the image below and scroll down for an interactive tool
which shows the direct outcomes of each aspect of the method

 Image taken from www.simplymusicgateway.com

Image taken from www.simplymusicgateway.com


helpful articles about music & special needs

The Effect of “Developmental Speech-Language Training through Music” on Speech Production in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1062&context=oa_dissertations

Music May Hold the Key to Enhancing Language for Autistic Children – 7 Tips for Integration:
https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/music-may-hold-the-key-to-enhancing-language-for-autisticchildren-7-tips-for-integration/

Effects of Music Training on the Child’s Brain and Cognitive Development:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1196/annals.1360.015/abstract

Music Therapy for Children with Special Needs:
https://specialedresource.com/resource-center/music-therapy-children-special-needs

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