Occupational Octaves Piano™

 

Special-Needs-User-Friendly music education method



 

What is Occupational Octaves Piano™?

 

Occupational Octaves Piano™ features the very first "Special-Needs-User-Friendly" language of music, which has been developed into a full classical curriculum and then loaded on the UnitusTI platform. Students at any almost age are immediately empowered to enjoy playing fundamentally correct piano music while instructors focus on specific issues that can be improved through "non-musical goals.” There are over 500 trackable goals and data points that instructors can target in environments ranging from a school, to a private therapist, to an assisted living facility . These targets range from fine motor movement to concentration to self-expression and with UnitusTI, developments are easy to quantify and see. Occupational Octaves “Special-Needs-User-Friendly” design is also “Non-Music-Instructor-Friendly,” meaning instructors without a music background will have great success during program implementation.

When using traditional music notation, each note has three main instructions to decode – (1) which note to play, (2) which finger to use, and (3) how long to hold for. For generations, this information has been embedded in a complex system of circles, flags, lines, dots, spaces, and confusing symbols. When using Occupational Octaves Piano™, the exact same instructions are embedded in the simplicity of colored letters in rhythmically designed boxes! The “Special-Needs-User-Friendly” approach reduces the challenge of complex decoding down to simple matching.

 
 

Who is the program for?

 

The Occupational Octaves Piano™ program is for almost anyone who can match colors and letters! While the program's creator developed this system working mainly with students with diagnosed with Autism, this program is a flexible and productive option for almost any type of organization for people with and without special needs, Piano Teachers, Music Therapists, Occupational Therapists, assisted living centers, rehabilitation programs including those drug and alcohol recovery, PTSD, TBI, and more. Whether a patient is diagnosed with severe attentional deficiencies or an individual is simply suffering through a depressed phase and is finding difficulty with normal concentration, we believe the brain may feel relief and growth through this Flow-based approach.

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Why should you use it?

Reaching a state of Flow at the piano, one of the most beneficial activities a person may take part in, requires “Functional Expertise” in (1) translating musical instructions, (2) organizing the instructions, (3) properly playing the instructions, and then (4) repeating steps 1-3. Developing expertise in reading traditional music notation is incredibly difficult and may take many years before the process becomes rewarding. With Occupational Octaves Piano, students who can match colors and letters reach expert levels of reading the the “Special-Needs-User-Friendly” language of music immediately.  Now, teachers, parents, therapists and others may help learners concentrate so their minds and bodies may be completed immersed in the rewards of musical development.

Occupational Octaves Piano™ has been sold worldwide since 2012 and is already changing the landscape of Special Needs Music Education and Special Needs Piano Lessons. Teachers have been trained and certified worldwide to properly implement this method in their own local communities and schools. 

“Learning to play the piano has been a challenging and very rewarding experience for each of our sons. Lee creatively designed a visual system of learning the notes without reading music and using various symbols for the sharps, flats and pedal, etc. which the boys learned instantly. Their attention and sense of accomplishment is so exciting to witness, and the best of all….. the beautiful sound of music that radiates on our home on Monday nights! This is a wonderful opportunity for any child with autism who loves music like our sons. Lee ‘s training in ABA and experience working with kids with autism along with his musical talent are a wonderful combination. He is patient and dedicated to developing their skills and is a joy to have as their piano teacher!”
— Robyn Schneider, Great Neck, NY (Author of Silent Running: Our Family's Journey to the Finish Line with Autism)
 

How does it work?

 

 

When using traditional music notation, each note has three main instructions to decode – (1) which note to play, (2) which finger to use, and (3) how long to hold for. For generations, this information has been embedded in a complex system of circles, flags, lines, dots, spaces, and confusing symbols. When using Occupational Octaves Piano™, the exact same instructions are embedded in the simplicity of colored letters in rhythmically designed boxes! The “Special-Needs-User-Friendly” approach reduces the challenge of complex decoding down to simple matching.

 
 
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Delivered through our innovative UnitusTI cloud software.  Access from any device, anywhere in the world.

 

The Occupational Octaves Piano™ program is delivered via subscription to the UnitusTI cloud.  With leading-edge data collection, staff management tools and program customization built right into UnitusTI, you can focus on making progress, anytime, anywhere. 

  • See instant data on your clients' progress and make informed decisions on next steps
  • Provide reports and share relevant data securely with defined user-level permissions
  • Track client performance and use collaboration tools to keep your practice on track
  • Customizable data collection means you can track as much or as little as you need to
 

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Creator of the Occupational Octaves Piano™ program

Lee Stockner - Occupational Octaves Piano

Lee Stockner, Occupational Octaves Piano™ Program Author

Lee Stockner is a self made inventor, music educator, special educator, business owner, program creator, instructor, trainer, author, publisher and innovator. Before turning 20, Lee had already reached the "10,000 hour" mark many believe is needed to for true success in a field and became a locally talented and fully booked piano teacher. Being a learner diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder himself proved problematic, but he took it upon himself to learn in all situations. When approached to work with a student with Autism at the piano, a natural talent emerged and he shortly thereafter began working at a school for students with severe Autism. He was able to learn in the school, first hand, what many learn from a professor and his hands on experience was highly empowering. When approached to teach students with disabilities so severe they'd never be able to learn traditional music notation, he created an alternative language of music that is Special-Needs-User-Friendly. After reaching the 10,000 mark with piano education, special education and special needs piano lessons, he was ready to create a curriculum based on this new language and his company, Music Lee Inclined Guy, Inc., published Occupational Octaves Piano.

In 2017, Mr. Stockner spoke on a panel of experts at the Hofstra University Northwell School of Medicine during an event in which low functioning students with Autism performed classical pieces such as Fur Elise and The Blue Danube. In 2016, Mr. Stockner held a Special Needs Recital at a Steinway piano gallery, which is available to view on the Occupational Octaves YouTube page.