Adaptive Learning

Adaptive At MJ's Music School

Adaptive Learning

MJ’s Music Faculty can create individual lesson plans and a learning environment to suit any student’s special needs. As more and more learning disabilities are diagnosed, we continue to develop new techniques to deal with non-typical learning styles. Whether it’s ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, or other learning issues, our teachers have experience, and our students have success.

Having had experience with teaching special needs students for years, including those with Autism, MJ’s Music School owner, Molly Jo Rivelli, became even more passionate when her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through observation of many hours of ABA therapy for her son, she sought to apply basic ABA behavioral techniques into her music lessons with ASD students. Thrilled with the success she saw, she now trains teachers at MJ’s Music School how to successfully implement these important techniques. These efficient and structured learning techniques can be applied to help those with various disabilities, and even typical learners. All students are able to learn in a nurturing environment.

Beginning with basic musical readiness skills, students also work on the social skills needed for success. We now have many students not only thriving in lessons, but also performing on our various school recitals. With success comes greater self-confidence, better communication skills, and lifelong enjoyment of music.

In addition to creating special-needs lesson plans for private lessons, MJ’s Music School offers after school group workshops, summer programs and camps. Please contact us for more info.

"Smiling ear to ear as I write this first MOST AMAZING PARENTS posting. Molly Jo Rivelli is a mom, an amazing musician, and a groundbreaking musical educator: she's combined all of that experience to create a really exceptional learning environment at MJs Music School in Waltham.
Last summer, she kicked off her Music Camp series especially for kids with ASD which was a tremendous success." 
~   Sarah M. Barnett, MD
Pediatric Neurologist Specialist in Autism Spectrum and Attention Deficit Disorders  

"MJ's Music School has changed Carly Golden's life! Carly is incredibly musical because of Molly Jo and her expertise with working with special needs children. I would highly recommend this summer camp. Even if your child has never really expressed an interest in music, check this out. Feel free to spread the word if you know of other special needs kids in the area."

~Peg McFeeley Golden,
Broadway Producer, Mother of daughter with Autism    



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Our staff of instructors consists of professional musicians and music school graduates from such schools as Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, and Arizona State University. All have extensive training on their instruments and years of teaching experience. Instructors are hired for their flexibility in dealing with students at different age and ability levels. Our teachers strive to help students play as musically as possible, as soon as possible, while focusing on the fundamentals of music.