Monday Mailbag – Ear Training for Blind and Autistic Student

I’m looking around for a VERY basic ear training program for a new blind/autistic student. He has an excellent ear and is motivated to learn. Any ideas?

Yikes! This is a hard question, so I’m hoping some others will have some helpful answers. I’ve taught a number of students with various learning disabilities and visual tracking problems, but never one who was completely blind. Here are a few random resources:

Alfred’s Basic Piano Course Ear Training Books: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?q=alfred+basic+piano+course+ear+training&id=97380

Various worksheets that you can download and print: http://www.composecreate.com/wendys-piano-studio/teaching-resources/ear-training

Various worksheets that you can download and print: http://www.sheetmusic1.com/EAR.TRAINING.HTML

Also, another thing that I’ve started doing a lot with my students, especially those who are more aurally inclined, is the Any Song Assignment. He would probably enjoy something like this:

http://musicmattersblog.com/2010/05/04/the-any-song-assignment/

http://musicmattersblog.com/2010/05/18/the-results-of-the-any-song-assignment/

And that’s about the extent of my help in this area. Does anyone else work with a blind student or know of any resources that could be used in such a situation?

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