A Breakthrough in Music
Education for Special Needs.
For families everywhere across the globe.
What Is Simply Music Gateway?
A playing-based piano method for those with special needs.
Self-expression for those with special needs.
Those on the Autism spectrum, and those with learning disabilities, neurological dysfunction, developmental delays, and ADHD will be provided a new means of self-expression through music with our breakthrough, adaptive piano program.Learn More
About The Program
The Simply Music Gateway Program is taught by Licensed Simply Music Teachers, and is a playing-based piano method designed for anybody with special needs and learning differences, including those on the Autism spectrum, as well as those with learning disabilities, neurological dysfunction, developmental delays, and ADHD. It provides a new means of self-expression through music, and gives students the opportunity and ability to play the piano and experience music making without the need to acquire the technical, theoretical and physical skills and attributes typically associated with traditional methods of piano learning.
About The Program Developer
Meet the person who helped to make this happen!
Karen Nisenson, M.M., M.A., MT-BC Founder/Director
Karen Nisenson is Founder and Clinical Director of Arts for Healing, a not-for-profit creative arts therapy center started in 2000. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, Bachelor of Science from Hunter College, a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy from NYU, where she taught for many years in the Music Therapy Department and was affiliated with the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center.
Karen developed the Integrated Music and Art Therapy methodology (IMAT) and the Adaptive Music Teaching Curriculum. She has also created early childhood academic programs specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. Karen is a contributor to Special Parent Magazine and The Motor Story Online News Magazine. Karen consults to schools, and frequently presents talks and workshops to parents and professionals about the impact and importance of the arts in education.
Transforming the learning experience of those with special needs.
Musical self-expression provides a new means of communication.
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. Fine motor skills are developed, and processing issues and learning differences are addressed by focusing on one sensory system at a time.Meet Mary & Jewels
Each aspect of the method has direct outcomes:
- Tailored Learning Steps
- One On One Learning
- Fun Repetition
- Big Victories
- Finger Isolation
- Exploring The Keyboard
- Ability To Play Whole Songs
What People Say?
A playing-based piano method for those with special needs.
“My son Eytan is a young man with autism. Through his music lessons Eytan has improved his concentration and his ability to take in instructions. He has strengthened the connection between his brain and his motor coordination and achieved much better use of his hands and fingers. It is so valuable and important that he has such a satisfying way to entertain himself and others with his musical skills and that he has a way to contribute to his community through music. Eytan is employed by our local school district to play sing-along-songs for the pre-school classes, he occasionally plays music for seniors and he’s participated in some fundraising events by accompanying some terrific singers. Music completely has enriched his life and we are so grateful for that!”
“As a parent of an adult with autism I have had the opportunity over many years to observe the impact that these piano lessons have had on my son. He initially was quite hesitant about even sitting in close proximity to his teacher as she tried to engage him. It was not long before he began to trust her. He would request sequences of songs and pieces that he wanted to play. He continues to be engrossed for a full half hour of his lesson. His concentration and enjoyment is evident. This avenue of creativity would not have been possible without the exposure to this program.
I am so proud of his continued progress and grateful for the enjoyment my son gets.”
“I never thought I could play piano because of my learning disabilities and difficulty using my fingers. It’s amazing! After a year, I can play with both hands and have so much more control of my fingers. I’m motivated to continue and keep learning!”
“My son has always been very shy. After a year and a half of playing the piano, his confidence has grown tremendously, as well as his willingness to participate socially with other children. He continues to enjoy learning and improving his piano skills.”
“My son, Andrew, has found a real way to express his musicality and share it with friends and family. Being able to play the piano has enhanced his self- confidence and ability to communicate.”
“Eric has just started playing piano, and already I am seeing better focus, attention and ability to sit still. The best part is that he is enjoying the process!”
“My son took piano lessons a few years ago, but quickly lost interest and became overwhelmed with too much information. We were disappointed, since he’s so musical, and needed some kind of outlet for self-expression. The step by step approach of this program really works for Alex. It’s fun, creative and always makes him feel good about learning music!”
Sign up for our Simply Music Gateway Newsletter
Receive exclusive updates about
Simply Music Gateway
If you’re a therapist, teacher, parent, or care provider of a child who has special needs, or you know a child with special needs and would like to stay informed about the Simply Music’s Gateway program, submit your information here and you’ll receiveemail updates about this new, breakthrough piano program from Simply Music.