Aug. 22, 2022

Music, theater and autistic communities – with Madge Woollard

Madge Woollard has run her own business teaching piano and keyboard since 1994. Madge was diagnosed autistic in 2016 at the age of 44. She lives in Sheffield UK with her wife who is also late-diagnosed autistic. A graduate of Cambridge University, she...


Madge Woollard has run her own business teaching piano and keyboard since 1994. Madge was diagnosed autistic in 2016 at the age of 44. She lives in Sheffield UK with her wife who is also late-diagnosed autistic.

A graduate of Cambridge University, she teaches children and adults, privately and in schools, and is keen to specialize in working with neurodivergent students. She is also a member of Spectrum Theatre company, which features neurodivergent and neurotypical performers.

During this episode, you will hear Madge talk about:

  • How she and her wife got their autism diagnoses
  • How she struggled to find a teaching job and decided to start her own business instead
  • Her success with teaching piano to autistic and non-autistic students
  • Finding a sense of belonging within local autistic communities, including the Autscape conference and the Spectrum Theatre company
  • The intersections of autistic and LGBTQ+ identities

Madge also wrote a chapter for the book “Learning from Autistic Teachers: How to Be a Neurodiversity-Inclusive School.” Find out more about the book here.

Connect with Madge at the links below:

Official Website: mwoollard.webs.com
LinkedIn: Madge Woollard
Facebook: Madge Woollard Piano and Keyboard Tuition
Twitter: @funkiepiano

Watch the video of this interview on YouTube!

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