Progress is a little different for Josh, though; “Because of his developmental delays, Joshua had difficulty with rhythms,” says his mom Tricia.
Using color-coded tapes to help Josh learn finger positions was a big step in his learning, but Kathy needed to go further. So she went to her Hochstein colleague, Maria Battista-Hancock—a certified Music Therapist and chair of Hochstein’s arts therapies department—to ask for more ideas and strategies that could help Josh thrive.
Eventually, Tricia says, music therapy became a part of Josh’s musical training and helped him to develop stronger rhythm and pacing. But that’s not all: “Kathy’s philosophy is that it’s not only learning an instrument but also developing the skills that he needs for life.”
Watch this interview with Tricia as she talks about Josh's progress. He has added Youth Singers to his activities here at Hochstein.