Marion music shop starts autism music program - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Marion music shop starts autism music program

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MARION -- A music shop aims to give students with autism a chance to play music in front of a live crowd without overwhelming them.

Byassee Music and Sound offers music lessons, but but about six months ago, teacher Lori Creamer ran into a situation she wasn't used to.  

Creamer now had two students with autism.

"I literally was not sure what to do," Creamer said.

So she did some homework, reaching out to other teachers and finding help online, and she developed a lesson plan specifically tailored to autistic students.

"We're using my studio piano which has the keys are color coded for them to be able to find their position and play," Creamer said.

Most music programs include a recital to show off what the students learned.

But autistic kids may have issues with all the distractions surrounding a live performance.

"What we're trying to do is remove the excess stress," Creamer said.

So the children got the chance to show off their skills to a small crowd at Byassee Music Sunday, made up of just close family.

"Not as many people there, making the child the center of the attention versus having many children there," Creamer said.

All in an effort to show Autism is more of a challenge than a disorder.

For more information on the program, contact Matt Throgmorton at or call (618) 997-6874.

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