Serving Phoenix and the entire valley

Private piano lessons and group percussion
classes in Phoenix
and surrounding areas
for special needs students of all ages and

  • Autism

  • Downs Syndrome

  • ADHD

  • Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Depression


"Stephen Flinn brought joy to learning during
awesome and inspirational sessions at our school."

Amanda Friedman, Co-Founder and Director of Student Affairs,
Atlas Foundation for Autism. New York City.


114 West Adams Street, 1003
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: 480-527-7566


How it works

Private Piano Lessons


Teaching a mainstream collection of music written in an alternative language that enhances cognitive development. The lessons occur in an environment of empathy, caring, and patience while being void of distraction and unnecessary stimuli.

The lessons help students with many core issues:

  • Cognitive Gain
  • Expanded Attention Span
  • Posture Strengthening
  • Confidence Building
  • Ocular Motor Strengthening
  • And Other Areas Of Improvement

The lessons are very effective for highly impacted and non-verbal students.



Percussion Ensemble Classes

Stephen Flinn uses drums and percussion to teach social skills, positive communication and academic concepts using the Rhythmic Arts Project protocol.

The method is successful in addressing COGNITIVE, EMOTIONAL, and PHYSICAL goals. Through inventive multi-sensory exercises, the program teaches and enhances skills such as maintaining focus, using memory, socialization, turn taking, sequencing, sign language, laterality, developing leadership, recognition and use of numbers, shapes and colors, spatial awareness, fine and gross motor coordination, following instructions, and communication.

Through a perceptual motor match: VISUAL, TACTILE and AUDITORY combined with SPEECH, the student sees the lesson, feels it, and then hears it as he/she speaks or sings the answers. (Great for non-verbal students too) It is this redundancy of information that facilitates positive results.




Stephen Flinn at Lanterman High School, Los Angeles, CA


Helen Tackett, Lanterman High School,
Los Angeles, CA

Elva Warren, Lanterman High School,
Los Angeles, CA


Kathy Huh, Lanterman High School,
Los Angeles, CA

Craig Hilary, Lanterman High School,
Los Angeles, CA


Neil Hallihan, Recreation Coordinator,
Adaptive Community Svc., Scottsdale, AZ

Tom Parker, parent,
Phoenix, AZ




Stephen Flinn has been teaching music for over a quarter century and is a master trainer and facilitator of the Rhythmic Arts Project curriculum.

Between 2010- 2015 he taught at Lanterman High School in Los Angeles, which serves teens with intellectual and physical differences. The Los Angeles Unified School District awarded Stephen a Certificate of Appreciation for his work at the school.

In last two years (2015-2016), Stephen led ensembles at the Atlas Foundation for Autism in New York City. He has also facilitated numerous train the trainer trainings of the Rhythmic Arts Project program at the Rich Center for Autism in Youngstown, Ohio.

As a private music teacher, he has given over 14,000 private lessons and has led over 1,300 ensemble classes.

Stephen has written numerous articles for Modern Drummer and Downbeat magazines, and just released his first book, “Contemporary Urban Percussion.” He is a graduate of Seattle University.

State certified security clearance documentation available upon request.





Phone: 480-527-7566





Special Needs Music
114 West Adams Street, 1003
Phoenix, AZ 85003