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Instrumental Music for Dyslexics. 2nd Edition. Dyslexia Series (Whurr)

  • ID: 2223043
  • Book
  • January 2002
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Instrumental Music for Dyslexics is written mainly for music teachers. It describes dyslexia in layman′s terms and explains how the various problems which a dyslexic may have can affect all aspects of learning to play a musical instrument. It alerts the music teacher with a problem pupil to the possibilities of that pupil′s having some form of dyslexia. Although Sheila Oglethorpe is primarily a piano teacher the general principle behind most, if not all, the suggestions is such that they can be adapted for use by other instrumentalists. The book presents ways in which the music teacher can contribute to the self esteem and thereby the general welfare of the dyslexic pupil who is often musically gifted and has much to offer. The book will also be of interest to dyslexia specialists who have hitherto directed their concentration towards the language–based problems of the dyslexic.
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Dyslexia – Preliminary Thoughts.

Dyslexia in Greater Detail.

Primary symptoms.

Secondary Symptoms.

The Positive Angle.

Where to get Help.

Multi–sensory Teaching.

Teaching Strengths.

Music as Communication.

The diagnosed Dyslexic Child.

The Undiagnosed Child.

How Should I Know That They were Dyslexic?

The Teacher.

Anomalies in Auditory Function.

Auditory laterality.

Silence – The Framework for Music.

The Concept of "up" and "down", singing.

Rhythm, Preparation for Aural Examinations.

Interpreting The Printed page.

Useful Tools.

The Stave.

Vertical and Additional Horizontal Lines.

Rests, dots and Accidentals.


Tracking. Balance and Posture.

Gross Motor control.

Co–ordination for Pedalling.

Fine Motor Control.

Hand Independence.

Motor Response to Rhythmic Symbols.

Spatial Aptitude.



Broken chords and Arpeggios.


Kinaesthetic Memory.

Memorizing The Architecture.

Sight Reading (1–10).

Playing Duets.

Materials for Writing Music.

The reproduction of Musical Symbols.




Performance Indications.

Practical Musicianship.

The Notebook for Practice.

Planning a Lesson.

Evaluating The Lesson.

The Relative Values of Other Instruments Beside The piano.

Examinations and Performances.

Dyslexic Musicians and The future.

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Sheila Oglethorpe
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