About Us

Music Dyslexia was founded by myself, Alicia Johnson. I am an experienced Specialist Teacher and SpLD (Specific Learning Differences) Assessor. I hold a Masters in Education (MEd) and have over fifteen years' experience working in education with ten years working in Special Educational Needs (SEN). I am skilled in assessing for dyslexia, ADHD and DCD. I hold AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association) and an Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC).  


I am interested in the impact of music on dyslexia demonstrations. I am currently researching music and dyslexia on a cognitive and behavioural level. It is hoped that this research will inform earlier recognition of dyslexia for individuals so that support can be accessed sooner. 


Music plays a large part in my approach to dyslexia tuition, with a particular interest in the Kodály approach to teaching and sharing music. I are based in West Yorkshire and work both remotely and in person. 

Why Music Dyslexia

I specialise in dyslexia assessment and support for musicians, but you don't have to be a musician to contact me. In my assessments, I use widely held understandings on the vast benefits of music on the mind, and how being a musician might impact on demonstrations of dyslexia. This is something I am very passionate about and continue to research. Keep an eye on the News tab above for up to date information. I can also offer additional assessment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and DCD/dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder). 


Is Music Dyslexia right for you?

Have you had music lessons from a young age, and achieved well at school, but experience some challenges with reading and writing? You may have unconsciously developed coping strategies through your musical training. Music is so good for our minds that it can change the way that dyslexia shows up, particularly in life-long musicians.


Is your child demonstrating some specific and unexpected challenges at school? They might be achieving in line with school expectations, but this does not necessarily mean they are achieving their own potential. If they are taking music lessons, they may be developing strategies that aid them in the classroom, which is fantastic! An assessment for SpLDs would enhance their self-awareness and allow them to develop in a mindful way. They might also be eligible for additional time in their school examinations, as well as in their music grades. For example, the ABRSM now allow additional time in the sight reading component of grade examinations.