Keys of Life
Enabling children with special needs to flourish through music
Training music teachers and therapists to cater to the unique abilities of their students, using Daphne Proietto’s ‘Pro Method’ of piano teaching
Bringing together children, parents and teachers to share their knowledge, their experience and the joy of music
The Keys of Life Foundation wants to link children with special needs and their families to music teachers within the Keys of Life community.
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The Keys of Life Foundation offers professional development courses to suitably qualified teachers and music therapists in Daphne’s techniques of teaching children with special needs. After completing the course there would be the opportunity to become a part of the Keys of Life community.
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Special needs training for music teachers by Daphne Proietto
This course is for teachers interested in teaching a musical instrument to children with special needs including children with autism, cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and severe visual impairment. This PD will offer all instrumental music teachers practical skills for teaching special-needs children in a one-on-one setting. It will culminate in a performance by some of Daphne’s students.
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This course is for teachers interested in teaching a musical instrument to children with special needs including children with autism, cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and severe visual impairment.Find out more »
This PD will offer all instrumental music teachers practical skills for teaching special-needs children in a one-on-one setting. It will culminate in a performance by some of Daphne’s students.Find out more »
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Daphne Proietto featured in a Channel 9 segment, describing how Daphne’s program connects with and builds children with autism.
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The PRO Method
Like all good teaching pedagogy it is a combination of many different ideas and practices. Pioneered by Daphne Proietto, it draws on the aural fundamentals of the Suzuki method and her studio piano teaching experience to explore and realize the unique skills that a lot of special needs children have.
It concentrates on:
- Developing good fine motor skills
- Fostering a musical ear and awareness of pitch
- Working closely with each individual student’s strengths and behavioral traits to enhance the enjoyment and success of music making
About Daphne Proietto
Daphne started teaching special needs students at her home in the year 2000. Word quickly travelled around musical circles that she was producing amazing outcomes for autistic children using her innate knowledge of the skills that some of these children possess i.e. perfect pitch, excellent memory.
Her work often concentrates on basic motor skills early on and bringing the child to an awareness of their aural skills. Daphne also concentrates enormously on building a rapport not only with the child but with the family as well, emphasizing that most of the work is done at home and that the parents need to be involved in their child’s musical development.
Daphne has extended her work to include children who have many different disabilities. The deep mutual respect she and her students have for one another is testament to her immense success as a teacher and mentor.
Her concerts simply have to be experienced to be understood. They are a great, joyous celebration of humanity. Her students, some of whom have to deal with enormous social and physical issues, come up to the piano, bow to the audience and then proceed to perform with a level of calmness and concentration that leaves the audience gobsmacked.
One of Daphne’s concerts was featured on 60 Minutes in 2015, and the need to develop teachers with skills embodied by the PRO method became very apparent when Daphne was inundated with calls from parents after the airing of the show. Daphne has never received any payment for her work and is fast approaching retirement age. The many families she has helped would love to see her work continue and thus Keys of Life was born.