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For David

Posted by paulinefiddle on Friday, November 9, 2012

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Today I gave a lesson that made me really happy.  My student is a mentally ill 30 y year old man, a high functioning autistic.  For the last six years, since the death of his mother, he has been living in a sheltered home, and I have been giving him violin lessons.  His previous teacher was his mother, and she certainly got him off to a good start.

When David started lessons with me, he was so easily distracted that even turning a page could make him go off track.  He has improved so much that I can have him stop playing and listen to my corrections.  Then he plays it again himself, and he plays it better than he did before.  We sometimes have short conversations.  I’m very proud of him, and I’m very happy after each lesson.

3 comments on “For David”

robinja Says:
Friday, November 9, 2012 @6:52:39 AM

You might be interested in this article about a highly accomplished fiddler in the Asheville, NC, area who is also autistic:

I have taken some lessons from him, and we camped next to him and his friends at Clifftop this year. Very inspiring.

paulinefiddle Says:
Friday, November 9, 2012 @10:39:01 PM

Robinja, thanks for posting that. He sounds like an incredible man and musician. I'm glad you had a chance to take lessons with him and play with him.

He is nothing at all like my student. The word "autism" covers a lot.

lawrence lamear Says:
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @8:57:29 AM

A very moving post, Pauline.
The rewards we get from music often go far beyond the music itself.

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