Music for Children with Special Needs

The Music Studio is proud to offer small-group classes and individual instruction for children with special needs. Recognizing the unique challenges specific to children with autism spectrum disorders, neurological impairments, and complex learning disabilities, we have invited Beth McLaughlin to join our staff. Ms. McLaughlin is a board-certified music therapist who is also a certified music teacher in the state of New York. She comes to us after a long tenure at Wildwood School in Schenectady, and has created an innovative program for us: Circle of Friends, a class we offer for 4–5-year-olds and 6–7-year-olds. Ms. McLaughlin is also offering Adapted Piano Instruction, private piano lessons for children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs. You can learn more about our Music for Children with Special Needs program by attending a dedicated Open House on March 12 at 1 p.m. Call 518-459-7799 to sign up or for more information.


Circle of Friends is a six-week music class for children with special needs and their parents. This weekly 50-minute class can help parents connect to their child through music or it can serve the child who may not be ready for The Foundation but enjoys and is easily engaged by music. Participants take part in singing, movement, and instrument play in an individualized and supportive environment. Music activities are specifically designed to promote social interaction, communication, and motor skill development, while helping children experience the joy of making music with friends and family. Tuition: $138

Circle of Friends for 4- and 5-Year-Olds
Circle of Friends for 6- and 7-Year-Olds




Adapted Piano Instruction is an individualized approach to teaching piano that focuses on the development of both musical and non-musical skills. The content and structure of these lessons will be developed according to the student’s musical interests and skill level, with a focus on increasing the following: attention to task, visual sequencing, musical literacy, bilateral communication, fine motor skills, balance and posture, music repertoire, independence, and skill generalization. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in recitals, field trips, and other extracurricular activities offered by The Music Studio.