Teaching an autistic with perfect pitch
by Ana Dragu
Hello, I found your site looking for advice about teaching piano to an autistic child with perfect pitch.
I am talking about my son who is now almost 6 years old and is able to recognize, from the other room, every note that I play, even chords,(he deconstructs the chord and never fails to tell exactly the notes composing them).
He is an auditory learner, that is, he listens to a song and then tries to reproduce it. He gets frustrated when he can't, because he tries to attack complicated pieces, sometimes too complicated for his little fingers such as fur elise, or la valse d'amelie or the music from 9 crimes by damien rice, etc. Our biggest problem is that we are not able to find a piano teacher for him yet (we are Romanian living in Romania) and he rarely accepts when I show him "how to play".
He already knows all the notes, the major and minor chords on the keyboard, but he can't read them from paper.
On the other hand, I founded an Association for autistic children in our city (Bistrita) and my son is not the only kid with perfect pitch or who loves music, so your advice would be precious, as the music teachers in this town are not very willing to accept autistics as students.