Suzuki teacher in Phoenix for kid on the autism spectrum

Charulatha Rajagopalan said: Feb 8, 2013
 3 posts

I have a 4 year old high functioning autistic boy in Phoenix Arizona. He loves music especially drumming. He has ADHD issues and Im looking for a loving, patient Suzuki teacher to provide adaptive music lessons to him in violin or piano or drums. He is very sensitive and needs lot of patience but I believe music can enrich him and give him more self esteem.

Please help.


Barb said: Feb 8, 2013
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
685 posts

Hi Charu,

Have you tried the “Find a Suzuki Teacher” under Teachers and Parents on the bar at the top of this page?

Best wishes!

Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Charulatha Rajagopalan said: Feb 8, 2013
 3 posts

Hi Barb,

I did but I’m not sure who has experience working with autistic kids.


Kathleen Panela-Seguin said: Feb 8, 2013
 2 posts

Hi Charu,
You may want to check the Music Therapy Association. There are probably music therapist who also have a suzuki backgho have worked with autistic children,like myself. Best of luck,

Kathleen Panela-Seguin said: Feb 9, 2013
 2 posts

Sorry Charu for the misspell. I mean “Suzuki music background.”

Michelle McManus Welch said: Feb 9, 2013
 Violin, Viola
Lindenhurst, IL
42 posts

Many Suzuki teachers work with special needs children. I’ve worked with several in the past, and am talking to a parent about their autistic son. I’ve worked in the public schools substituting, and have worked with several children ‘on the spectrum.’
My point is that many teachers may have the sensitivity to work with your child. You will probably have to interview several to a good fit. Too bad you don’t live around me. I work at one place where the drum teacher and his wife have an autistic child. There are several other ’special needs’ children that come to this everyday music store/school and study with various other teachers who have learned to work effectively with them. I am the only Suzuki teacher there. AS far as I know, there isn’t Suzuki drums. Personally, I’d go with whatever instrument your child especially wants to learn, as your son’s drive will help him succeed. Watch how the teacher interacts with your son, check for patience and kindness and willingness to adapt. Good Luck!

Michelle Mc Manus Welch

Charulatha Rajagopalan said: Feb 12, 2013
 3 posts

Thanks for all your responses. I’ll check with Music therapy associations and other suzuki teachers too.

Thanks again,

Clay Villanueva said: Sep 2, 2014
 1 posts

Hello Charu,

My name is Clay and I do some work with music and sound vibrations. Specifically I constructed a “sound chair” that puts the physical sound frequencies of music directly into the human body, much like being in the security of the womb. People young and old have had some amazing experiences over the years. Though mostly used for research, I have always wanted to use it to help others and specifically people who could use some soul comfort that was actually brought to them at a deeper level. I understand autism often leaves children feeling alone. Communication at a deep level can be difficult. The beauty of sound as a “feeling” is that we all have profound experience with it since as mammals, we were in a sound vibration chamber for the entire time we were in the womb. Our “mother tongue” is something we actually felt from our mother through the vibrations of sound al around us.
The reason for this post was to say that in the fall I will be working with folks and this chair. If you have any interest in seeing how your son responds, and I think he may Super Duper love it, just let me know and I will set up a meeting and session for you both here in Phoenix. There is no fixed agenda for the session but if he has a wonderful time we might be able to find ways to help folks with autism feel truly connected, which in turn might bring more joy…since that is what it is all about…sharing our joy with others.
Talk to you soon,
Clay ;-)

Christopher Bengochea said: Jan 16, 2016
 11 posts

Interesting posts, as I too have a son that’s on the Autism Spectrum, and lookin g for a piano teacher for him. Thank you so much for the help.

Rob Leinbach said: Sep 16, 2016
 1 posts

Charu and Chris—did you find anyone? I have an autistic son in Phoenix and looking for the same thing. Thanks


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