Below is a link to a wonderful blogg by Luke Dunne discussing his story of living with Dyspraxia/DCD.
Luke wrote this in his final year of college studying music at BIMM Dublin. Luke is a drummer and did a drum course in college from 2013 to 2017. He obtained his degree and will be graduating this November.
Here is Luke's story:
"I'm 24 years old going on 25 next month and my interests include music, writing, and GAA. I've been playing drums for nearly 10 years and plan to teach lessons in my hometown of Castlebar soon.
I've been a diehard follower of Mayo football and will go to as many games as I can. it runs in the family!
I used to play both football and hurling at my local club but gave up during my teens as I felt it wasn't quite for me. The Sunday Game however is still my religion and I watch a lot of league and championship games.
If I was not from Mayo I'd support any other team because the GAA is our national game and I truly love it.
Around that same time or a couple of years afterwards I discovered drumming and took private lessons with a very good teacher through recommendation of my uncle.
I studied in Westport for 4 years between junior and Leaving Certificate before moving to Dublin to go to college.
I also have a level 5 and 6 degree in Journalism and Media Production and have a great passion for writing articles and features, most notably in music and sport.
More recently in the last couple of years I've taken an interest to swimming, jogging and cycling and like to keep as active as I can in order to stay healthy but also keep the stamina and endurance up for drumming has it is a high performance sport in essence.
Learning drums has always been a tough challenge for me and in particular sight reading and music theory. I've found however through practice and hours of trial and error that you pick the best method for you.
In both school and college we are always thought education everyday but that doesn't mean these concepts will make sense to the learner.
If I can give any advice to Dyspraxic people or students, find out what learning method works for you, stick with it and don't be embarrassed or ashamed. Everyone learns differently. Personally for me, I definitely learn best visually and aurally as opposed to written.
Overall I wrote this article on Dyspraxia because my college were doing features off final year students and their experiences in BIMM.
I wanted the article to highlight my experiences in a bare bones, full truth way and really open up about what it's like to have Dyspraxia in a 3rd level course and the mental, physical and social pressures that come with it.
But I also wanted to give a message to people or musicians with Dyspraxia that we are not alone and that we all struggle. But through struggle comes progress and through progress comes results.
My message was that if you work to the best of your ability you will overcome or at least adapt to your situation.
1st year in BIMM was probably both the best and hardest year in college. Making new friends, learning new concepts, networking and independent living have never come easy to me and it's a daily struggle. But time has made me realise that we only get better as people through our struggles."