Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2021


This paper focuses on how to teach a singer with ADHD or dyslexia in the private studio setting. Methods of support for both learning disabilities are discussed and example scenarios are used to demonstrate typical issues students may have in the lesson environment. Lastly, multiple songs are analyzed to determine their appropriateness for a beginning student and then reviewed in order of increasing difficulty. Being able to support a student with a developmental or learning disability is crucial to giving the student the opportunity for success in the studio setting. While most educators would agree that individualizing the student’s education will benefit the learner, most do not have evidence-based support methods for the neurodivergent student, nor do they understand the degree to which negative impact is caused by the lack thereof. This research hopes to remedy this barrier between the music and special education fields by given a new perspective to how to help these individuals thrive in the private studio environment.

Major Mentor

Jennifer Coleman

Second Mentor

Mark Whatley

Third Mentor

Cathy Eschete


Music, School of


Music and Performing Arts, College of

Document Type



Master of Music (MM)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University