DAPHNE PROIETTO OAM
Daphne Proietto OAM gained a B.Mus (Dip.Ed.) at the University of Melbourne following which she trained in music therapy and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in London. Subsequently she established music therapy at the Caulfield rehabilitation hospital, Melbourne. For the last 25 years in her private studio she has taught children with special needs with an emphasis on autism. She has used her dual training in music therapy and music education to develop a method (based on the work of Dr S. Suzuki) to teach children who have special needs. She has been invited to talk on her experiences in teaching children with autism at the ISME conferences in Bologna Italy and Beijing China. In 2015 her work was the highlighted on Channel 9 in a 60 Minutes Program. In 2019 Daphne appeared on the ABC Compass program for their Christmas special “Christmas sounds better this year” during which her students (three on the spectrum and one blind student) composed a new Christmas carol. In 2015 she was awarded a Herald Sun, Pride of Australia Inspiration medal and in 2017 she received an OAM for her work.
KEYS OF LIFE - SEMINAR I
HOW DO AUTISM, CEREBRAL PALSY AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT IMPACT ON TEACHING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT?
In this lecture the clinical features of autism, cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and visual impairment will be discussed together with how the features of each disorder may impact on the instrumental lesson. The optimal way to teach children on the autism spectrum will be introduced and discussed.
KEYS OF LIFE - SEMINAR II
STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TO A CHILD ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM.
In this lecture, details of the methods to teach children on the autism spectrum will be expanded. For example, a significant component of autism is severe anxiety, so strategies to handle behavioural problems due to anxiety will be addressed. The session will finish with a concert and an opportunity to ask questions of the children and their parents.