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Webinar Series: 06/15/2018 – Gateway – Music Stories from Karen’s Studio

In this webinar Karen shares videos of her teaching her own students with learning disabilities and discusses their stories and their successes with the Gateway program. Introduction (00:05) Student Video 1: Nikos (00:43) Student Video 2: Rick (09:35) Student Video 3: Eytan (22:28) Student Video 4: Jewels (29:37) Student Video 5: Shane (37:34) Teacher Question: Student with Cerebral Palsy (40:37) Click through the video to hear Karen discuss the previously stated topics.

Webinar Series: 04/20/2018 – Gateway – Improving Fine Motor Function at the Piano

Karen discusses some very common fine motor challenges in students with special needs and ways in which teachers can address them in the Gateway curriculum, and addresses teacher questions about some of their students’ fine motor issues. Topics include: Typical Fine Motor Issues (00:05) Fine Motor Challenges Addressed in Gateway (8:43) Teacher Questions: Crossing the Midline – Finger Isolation (13:05) Finger Exercises (22:21) Trouble with Finger Isolation (33:05) Students with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome (40:53) Click through the video below…

Webinar Series: 03/23/2018 – Gateway – What Can I Do If…..?

In this webinar you will hear about actual situations that teachers have encountered with their special needs students and learn from Karen’s expertise how best to handle those situations. Topics include: Using a Schedule with Students on the Spectrum (00:05) Difficulty Finding Black Note Groups (2:57) Starting Your First Gateway Student (6:08) How to Handle Challenging Behavior (9:02) Students Reluctant to Progress (18:24) Student Getting Distracted / School Setting Issues (26:18) Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviors (29:29) Accepting the Student as…

Webinar Series: 02/16/2018 – Gateway – Spotlight on Parent/Coach Role

The role of the parent or coach with Gateway students can differ quite a bit from the role they play in the Simply Music Piano program. Learn why this is often necessary, ways in which you can still keep parents involved, and hear some real-life examples of how to do so. Topics include: Introduction Initial Steps for Teachers Talking About Gateway & Expectations Teacher Relationship with the Student How to Involve the Parent Teacher Question: How to Encourage a Parent…

Webinar Series: 01/12/2018 – Gateway – Enhancing Your Students’ Experiences Through Singing

Vocalizing and singing adds a rich dimension to your lessons with students who have special needs. Karen talks about why that is, how to do incorporate it into your lessons, and answers teachers’ questions about students with various ability levels with regard to verbal communication. Topics include: Background: The Benefits of Singing (00:00) Levels of Vocalizations (03:26) When to Introduce Singing (08:06) Nonverbal Student (11:06) Working with an Older Adult on the Spectrum (13:43) Role of Parent/Caregiver in Lessons (19:06)…

Webinar Series: 11/20/2017 – Gateway – Q&A with Karen Nisenson

In this webinar you will hear Gateway creator Karen Nisenson speak with teachers about their students, sharing strategies to develop fine motor issues and relate students’ interests to music. Topics include: Teacher Experience with Autistic Students (00:05) Recently Diagnosed Student on the Spectrum (09:31) Connecting Student's Interests to Music: Cats/Angry Birds Game (15:23) Connecting Students’ Interests to Music: Trains (24:00) Click through the video below to hear Neil discuss the previously stated topics.

Webinar Series: 12/11/2017 – Gateway – Behavior Issues: Setting Boundaries & Developing Strategies

In this webinar, Karen Nisenson discusses some common behavior challenges present in students with profound processing disorders, potential triggers that lead to those behaviors, and best practices for ensuring a successful experience in your studio. Topics include: Introduction & Overview of Behaviors (00:08) Setting Up for Success (06:25) Behavior Triggers (10:29) Teacher Question: Student with Anxiety (14:05) Gateway vs. Simply Music Lesson Structure (20:15) Getting to Know the Student (32:13) Student Who is Easily Upset (38:15) Fingering Adaptations (43:36) Appropriate…

Webinar Series: 10/25/2017 – Gateway – Open Forum with Karen Nisenson

In this webinar the Gateway Teacher Training Program is summarized, and teachers ask questions about teaching their students with autism, cerebral palsy, and other learning and processing difficulties. Topics include: Teacher Input on Gateway (00:00) Student with Cerebral Palsy: Non-verbal, Fine Motor Issues (01:46) Teacher Mindset (17:06) Comparisons Between SMG & SMP (18:35) About the Gateway Teacher Training (22:03) Undiagnosed Student: Memory & Processing Issues (30:41) Working with Parents (37:27) Click through the video below to hear Neil discuss the…

Webinar Series: 09/27/2017 – Gateway – Behavior Issues: Dealing with the Student & Parent

Working with students who have profound processing differences requires a different mindset in order to achieve a successful outcome. This webinar dives into this simple yet crucial difference and addresses some very common concerns about working with special needs students. Topics include: About the Gateway Program (00:00) Connecting with the Student (03:26) About ‘Patience’ (07:45) Common Concerns Addressed in TTMs (10:44) Specific Student Example (15:09) Dealing with Parent ‘Agenda’ (23:10) Relationship with Parents (34:43) What if I’m Afraid to Try…

Webinar Series: 08/18/2017 – Gateway – Q & A

In this webinar Karen Nisenson, creator of the Gateway program, and Neil Moore give some background information about the recently released Simply Music Gateway curriculum and answer specific questions from the teacher body. Topics include: Simply Music Gateway - Background (00:00) Methodological Basis of Gateway (03:48) Differences Between Simply Music Piano & Gateway (10:26) How Gateway Compares to Other Programs for Children with Disabilities (13:48) Expected Outcomes (17:01) Knowing What to Expect & Anticipate (27:43) Structure of the Gateway Curriculum…