I was wondering on how to go about teaching my 17 year old son who is autistic to play the violin? He loves music and wants to play instruments, but we need a little advice to help him along and help me teach him the right way. Is there books or videos we can watch that would help him?
Thank you everyone for your help,
Since he is older, you have gone through what methods of learning worked best in school. Whoever you find as a teacher, it always helps to communicate with them with what works and what doesn’t, and then the teacher can find ways to apply it to violin.
I am 52 years old and I just started learning the violin last year. I also have high functioning autism. Autistic people are visual thinkers. We like to see things right in front of us to learn. So in addition to the recommended structured lessons and practice, I would suggest videos demonstrating the different topics brought up in the lessons, because telling an autistic person something and showing them something are two separate things. Also books. If he chooses songs either from the music store or library to play in addition to his lesson, he will be less likely to quit the violin. I also suggest videos, such as youtube(and violin tutor pro), where he can watch others play the violin and see things visually.