[blindkid] Keyboarding vs. Band

holly miller hollym12 at gmail.com
Tue May 11 19:23:04 UTC 2010

My vote would be band.  Keyboarding can easily be learned & practiced on his
own at home.  If he's really interested in band, maybe use that as a bit of
leverage?  As in, if you want to be in band, you have to be willing to
practice keyboarding on your own so you don't need to take it as a class.

My older son has Aspergers.  He's a freshman now & has been in band since
5th grade.  It has done wonderful things for his self esteem and has given
him a good peer group that has moved up to HS with him.  I shouldn't
generalize but usually band kids are a pretty good group of kids.  They've
welcomed Sean into the fold and he has true friends among that crowd.

aka Hank's mom


On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 2:36 PM, Tene Gibson <g_tene305 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> My 10 year old son (light perception only) wants to participate in middle
> school band.  He is already receiving training in music for drums and the
> guitar privately.  We are in the middle of making his schedule for the next
> year and there seems to be an all encompassing fear for him to participate
> in band among the school's administration, his TVI, and the band teacher.
> The TVI wants him to take more keyboarding because he cannot remember the
> keys in which to type.  He hates it.  He gets further away from technology
> as each year goes by when pushed in the vein.  There is a conflict in the
> times of the class so it is band or keyboarding.  I am looking for objective
> opinions as to keeping a child connected with school vs. maintaining classes
> that bore him and feeds his ability manipulate his medical conditions into
> excessive excused absences.
> Tene
> mother of Na'im (ONA)
> --

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