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We support education projects with a focus on persons with special needs and their families. We build facilities, provide materials, raise awareness, educate, and develop sustainable programs.
The Big Idea:
“Big Jam” Music Experience
“Big Jam” is a monthly percussion circle open to teens and adults with developmental disabilities or brain injury, and their family and friends. Making music together is a transformative experience, allowing participants to experience unity, synchronization and joy.
The benefits have gone far beyond the joy of music, including vocalization in non-vocal children, improved memory, improved focus, and more.
After six successful years focusing on children in the MusicalMe Inc. program, Building for Generations seeks to provide a monthly experience for teens and adults. Pilots of the program at picnics such as the Gathering of Extraordinary People have generated a lot of enthusiasm for the project.
Since much of our population is limited verbally I am quoting a classroom teacher at Brook Knoll, Beth Gray in Scotts Valley. This concerns our already existing program in the schools.
“Since the start of music in our classroom, we have seen tremendous growth. Students are engaged, following multi-step directions, keeping rhythm, and students who present severe speech delays are vocalizing during songs.
Beth Gray, Special Education teacher