LEARNING to play piano …
is one of the most popular of all music education activities. Now persons experiencing neurodiverse conditions related to Autism & dementia issues can delight in playing piano alongside their neuro-typical peers. The Rancer Method, developed by Registered Music Therapist Susan Rancer, has proven to be a key unlocking capabilities and potentials for those challenged by cognitive differences.
SCIENCE is on your side…
Because music is processed in many brain areas at once, music has been recognized as important in many stages of human development. In cases where some areas of the brain may not communicate successfully with other areas, music has been shown to “bridge the gap” allowing the brain to actually form new pathways to achievement.
EXPERIENCE is on your side….
With over 45 years of experience, the Rancer Method has shown to be helpful for the way it uses an individual’s capabilities as a foundation for further achievements. Success experiences are presented in a progression crucial in forming new pathways in the brain. Using no special adaptations, this method uses books easily available, and results in learning to read actual music notation that develop musicianship and sense of accomplishment & self esteem, rightfully earned.
ACHIEVEMENTS are on your side….
Often times, in the world of neurodiverse individuals, challenges related to deficits in self regulation, both behavioral and/or emotional, may take center stage. With an action plan carried out with the patience and understanding of a professional music therapist, each individual client experiences motivating success. These success experiences lead to improvements in self esteem, confidence, focus, motor planning, eye tracking, eye hand coordination, fine motor skills development and more.
CREATIVITY is on your side…
The Rancer Method celebrates success & achievements of each individual with fun “Free Time” as part of each session.
Free Time offers built in motivation for individuals to succeed in each lesson allowing the fun of playing a wide choice of instruments alongside the therapist for a creative experience in musical improvisation. Free Time uses a choice of familiar songs or totally original, spontaneous songs created on the spot, according to individual choice and preferences. The success of each session may easily be seen when individuals are anxious to return for the next session.
Music Does It LLC Director Bob Kuchenmeister is a life-long musician and veteran of U.S.79th Army Band. He majored in music therapy at University of WI – Eau Claire. Upon completion of 1200 hours internship at Kalamazoo MI State Hospital he received his Bachelors of Music -Therapy degree.
As Founding Director of Music Does It LLC he brings a wealth of experience from his work in a wide variety of settings serving those with extraordinary needs from ages 4 through 90.
In addition to providing activities for optimized living, he is available for staff professional development training consultations and speaking engagements.