Metro Music Makers has an ongoing partnership with HomeStretch, an organization that guides working homeless families with minor children toward increased self-reliance and stability by providing Life Skills education, mentoring and supportive housing. Every other Tuesday night, we send a music instructor with a music therapy background to facilitate music classes for the children while the parents attend Life Skills classes. Calia Howse, a voice, clarinet, guitar, piano and ukulele instructor at Metro Music Makers, has been leading these classes recently, and she shares some of her experiences below.
This month's Student of the Month is a double feature! Brother and sister Charlotte and Daniel Llop were nominated together by their teacher, Mr. Mark Grundhoefer. They are 12 year old twins who are in the sixth grade at Holy Spirit Preparatory School. Charlotte takes guitar and voice, and Daniel takes piano lessons with us at Metro Music Makers.
We'd like to introduce you to our December Student of the Month, Matthew Bisciotti! Matthew has been with Metro Music Makers on and off, since...well, since he looked like this:
Meet our September Student of the Month, Kaylee Chang! Kaylee was nominated by her teacher, Miss Sara Longwell. Miss Sara says:
This year, we're introducing a brand new feature here at Metro Music Makers-a Student of the Month program! Each month, our teachers will nominate special students for this honor, and we'll select one special student to receive this honor and share a little more about them with you. So, without further ado, we'd like to introduce our very first Student of the Month for August 2014: Lexi Mellott!
Over the last few months, Allison and I have been venturing into the wonderful world of public speaking! This morning took us to the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, where we gave an exciting and unique talk about teaching strategies for students with special needs, behavioral issues or other learning challenges from a Music Therapy perspective. As Music Therapists, we're trained to meet our clients where they are and adapt to a wide range of behavioral, emotional and cognitive diagnoses. Today, we shared some of our ideas for adapting teaching strategies to meet the needs of students struggling with reading difficulties, tantrums, difficulty focusing, hyperactivity, social deficits and more, whether or not they have a specific diagnosis.