One of my students is blind, autistic, non-verbal, and severely developmentally challenged.  I have no idea how to deal with such an array of problems, so I do not attempt to do so.  I do know that he is a human being, and capable of emotion.  Whether or not he can express emotion in any bearable manner is the only thing I can address through our shared experience of the sound of the piano.
What do the other students learn from observing this?  Would it even be possible to say what it might be?  
One thing is sure: They know what it feels like to watch someone pay attention in a way that is otherwise beyond their power to imagine.   
 


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