68: Autistic Piano Prodigy Jacob Velazquez

jacobJacob Velazquez is an 8 year old gifted pianist with autism. He has performed on Good Morning America, The View, CNN & more.

He was recently invited by Taylor Swift to meet her on tour after playing a medley for her and posting on Youtube.

Jacob has already recorded his first album and dreams of becoming a music producer one day.

Listen to the Episode below



Jacob’s Story:

Jacob started playing on his father’s piano when he was three and a half years old. One day his father heard him playing a song he hadn’t taught him. That’s when Jacob’s parents realized that their son had a very unique and special talent.

After starting piano lessons at age 4, Jacob recorded his first album when he was 6 years old.

Hear more about Jacob’s inspiring journey in this episode of The Autism Show Podcast.


We discuss:

  • Jacob’s childhood before he was diagnosed.
  • Focusing on abilities instead of focusing on the diagnosis.
  • A day in the life of a child piano prodigy
  • plus, you’ll hear one of Jacob’s recorded songs


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One Response to “68: Autistic Piano Prodigy Jacob Velazquez”
  1. Special Education Specialist, John Cameron, endorses Color Coded Music for those with Special Needs.

    Please watch our video about Color Coded Music. It is an easier way to read music and play the piano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtFbcpYZNWA

    We are in developmental stage with our curriculum and need lots of feedback!

    Mary Hale

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