Carolina LifeSong Initiative
The Carolina LifeSong Initiative provides piano lessons and music experiences for students with autism and other special needs. This unique program is the result of the work of Dr. Scott Price - a leading figure in the piano pedagogy field. For over 12 years, Dr. Price has worked to develop specialized piano pedagogy approaches for these students, and has created a teacher training course for advanced graduate students.
The Carolina LifeSong Initiative is only one of two university-level programs in existence in the USA and the only program that provides teacher training through the doctoral level. “Music aptitude does not discriminate, and we must find ways to serve this deserving population of students. The arts are an endeavor where many of them may achieve excellence and interact on equal footing with their peers and I think it is crucial for us to embrace what these students have to teach us about the educational process.”
Dr. Price’s work has been repeatedly featured at the national conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, and at the Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy Symposium. Dr. Price is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, and serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. He has recorded 39 compact discs of educational piano music for Alfred Publishing Company. He is a recipient of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award, is a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow, and was named the 2012 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award winner for the University of South Carolina.
The Carolina LifeSong Initiative hosts a public piano recital each semester at the School of Music that is free of charge and open to the public.