Vision Therapy for Music: Success Stories

Published August 16, 2020

Personal stories from adults and children who enhanced their musical performance with Vision Therapy.

*Names have been changed for privacy protection.

 

Matt

Prior to Vision Therapy, Matt had double and triple vision, and poor eye tracking skills. He felt frustrated and angry about school.

We’re only half way through the Vision Therapy and my son has noticed dramatic changes. He no longer struggles with reading music. The double and triple vision while reading music is gone!

Now, he is able to notice when his vision becomes double and can pull out of it.

Mercedes J., Matt’s parent

 

Paul

My ability to sight read music has improved greatly since I began Vision Therapy. I have been able to track rapidly moving notes much faster, which has resulted in a general improvement in my performance level.

I highly recommend this form of therapy to anyone who is having problems reading quickly.

Paul G., Musician, adult patient

 

Tasha

Before I started my weekly sessions, or even knew about Vision Therapy, I struggled with so many things that I felt were natural to struggle with. My memory wasn’t so great, and my reading wasn’t either.

In fact, in my sophomore year of high school, I took an AP History class, where I had to read about 20 pages a night from a textbook. The 20 pages seemed to be a million, and I usually fell asleep after the third page. Even when I read all 20, I’d have no idea what I had just read.

Now after Vision Therapy, would you believe me if I told you I read Death of a Salesman a month ago in no more than 2 days? And I haven’t even started to describe the wonders of Vision Therapy.

I am a classical voice student, and I train with some college professors once a week. Without telling them about my experiences with Vision Therapy, they have commented on my improvements in rhythm, sight reading, sight singing, and my overall musicianship.

Vision therapy has improved my reading, math abilities, memory, eye and hand coordination, among many other things, and has brought a measure of ease to my life.

Tasha S., young adult patient

 

I don’t depend on my glasses as much for the blackboard. I don’t squint as much as before. The biggest improvement is that when playing the violin, I don’t need my glasses to read the music sheet.

Shelley G.

 

Dee Dee

Dee Dee had a hard time in school. She was tested and found to be 2 grade levels below in reading ability. She had difficulty drawing geometric shapes, and she also had difficulty reading. The words on the page seemed to roam. In piano, Dee could not read the notes. She would play everything by ear.

We took her to get a vision test. We also took her to get academic testing.

Sunce Vision Therapy, her self-esteem has jumped by leaps and bounds. Her grades have jumped higher also, and confidence is no longer a factor. Dee now believes she can do it all. She loves to read and loves practicing piano, she is now able to follow the lines.

Dee is in 7th grade, and is taking a high school chemistry class. She got a B+ on her first exam. It was the highest grade in her class.

She is still smiling at that and it happened over two weeks ago.

Kathleen, Dee Dee’s parent

 

Rose

The Vision Therapy program has helped Rose tremendously with her schoolwork and attitude toward school. Her grades have improved to the point where she made it on the honor roll. This last quarter was the first time in three years that she did not have a “D” on her report card.

She likes to read now, where she never did in the past. Rose used to come home often complaining of headaches. The Vision Therapy, including pointers on holding her head still while reading and eye massage, have helped to eliminate this problem.

Vision Therapy has also helped Rose with piano practice.

She is able to sight read better and play the notes on the page, whereas in the past, she would sit down to learn a piece of music and I couldn’t follow where she was in the piece, because she used to play a lot of notes that weren’t there.

Brenda G., Rose’s parent

 

Sam

Before Sam was tested at your office, he struggled in school, music and sports, which caused much frustration. We first realized something was wrong when he would play the piano.

If he heard the piece played first, he would play it from memory, but he had great difficulty reading the music. In sports, he was constantly falling down. In school, he would get extremely frustrated, especially as the workload and homework increased.

What we learned after his vision testing was that he had a tracking disorder, and that he had very limited peripheral vision. He fatigued within minutes of focusing on whatever project or activity he attempted and he felt completely defeated.

Now Sam has completed his Vision Therapy with great success and has enjoyed many victories throughout the year. He is a different child altogether! His temperament is much calmer, he is able to complete tasks, he thoroughly enjoys reading, he plays basketball and soccer, and he sight reads music easily.

Sam finished the 5th grade at Odyssey a week ago ending the year with A’s and B’s, which is a huge improvement over his grades a year ago. He was also one of three piano students recognized by the state of Washington at a recent audition.

Your vision therapy program was a big commitment, and it was one of the best decisions I have made on behalf of my son’s well being.

I highly recommend it to parents of children who may be experiencing similar situations.

Sam’s parent

Can you relate to any of these stories? 

Does your child love to play a musical instrument, but struggles to follow the notes? Your child may have a vision problem. 

Schedule a vision evaluation as soon as possible.

The earlier a vision problem is detected, the sooner your child can begin a vision therapy program to help them achieve the visual skills they need for clearer, more comfortable vision— improving their ability to read and perform.