I’ve worked with students with special needs for several years now, both as a private voice teacher and as an artist in residence with Very Special Arts. (Very Special Arts is a non profit organization that provides arts instruction for students with special needs. Click here for more info.) I’ve worked with students with varying degrees of challenges. Some so mild that it took me months to figure out that they had a learning disability and some that were severely physically and mentally handicapped. However, the benefits of music instruction to students with special needs far outweigh any extra effort you must put in to make lessons accessible for them. Any effort that you put in will be payed back tenfold. Here are a few tips to help you tailor lessons to a student with special needs.