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The Center for Community Music & Wellness at Arizona State University

The Center is collaboration between ASU's Music Therapy Clinic, REMO Drums, AZ Rhythm Connection and Ear Candy Charity. The center provides a wide variety of small group and individual music opportunities for community organizations, focusing on fostering health and wellness, leadership, positive social interaction and confidence, and musical skill building in the areas of drumming, percussion, guitar, voice and keyboard.


Populations Served
  • Youth ~ At Risk and Children with Special Needs
  • Adults~ Veterans, TBI, the Homeless--- etc..
  • Well Elderly and Older Adults with Disabilities
  • Intergenerational

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ASU Community Music and Wellness Program Offerings
The programming options will be led by a combination of teaching professionals and ASU Music Therapy students. Programs are FREE for ages 12+. Registration and signed waiver required, small fee may apply. Please email interest to: Frank@AZRhythmConnection.com OR Kymla@HigherOctaveHealing.org.

Musicafé:  
A group music immersion in percussion, guitar, hand drumming, singing and rhythm making.  This lively combination of activity provides participants the opportunity to express their personal creativity while sharing and having fun on many instruments. It is an energy-charged event that is enjoyable, therapeutic, and uniting. Programs options under Musicafe include:

  • Music Therapy Session – Serving Teens with disabilities (Monday 3:30 PM)

  • Music Therapy and Adaptive Yoga – Serving Traumatic Brain Injured persons in the community (Tuesday 1:00 PM)

  • Parent/Child Percussion Group – Serving Young children with disabilities and parents (Thursday 1:30 PM)

  • ASU/Banner Alzheimer’s Group – Serving Community Alzheimer’s Population (Friday 9:30 AM)

  • Music in Motion – Serving Teens and Adults with disabilities (Friday 1:00 PM)

  • Parent Support Group - Parents of children with disabilities (Saturday 10:00 AM

2011 Expressive Arts Music Therapy Summer Camp
Communication, self-expression, gross and fine motor, sensory, and social skill development through goal-directed activities including: music, yoga & movement, and arts & crafts for children with special needs ages 5-12. A fun music therapy and expressive arts experience for children in a group setting.

Rock Band
Real Amps, Real Drums Real Guitars and full scale percussion. Our Rock Band experience provides an opportunity to explore the full power and force of rock music and personal creativity.

Basic Percussion
Learn Basic Rudiments of hand percussion instruments. Including shakers, bells, claves, tambourine, wood block, and auxiliary percussion. Focus on motor skills, social skills, and personal empowerment. Special needs accommodating.

Health RHYTHMS Protocol
Group empowerment drumming for stress management and personal confidence. All levels welcome. All equipment provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Latin Rhythms
Explore and learn the fundamentals of Cuban/Latin rhythms using bongos, tubanos, claves, bell, and auxiliary percussion. Focus on motor skills, social skills, and personal empowerment. Special needs accommodating.

Intro to Djembe Rhythms
Interactive, beginner-friendly hand drumming class to learn West-African drumming. Emphasis on Djembe. Equipment provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Motor skills, social skills, and personal empowerment. Special needs accommodating.

Intro to Djun Rhythms
Interactive, beginner-friendly hand drumming class to learn West-African drumming. Emphasis on Djun. Equipment provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Motor skills, social skills, and personal empowerment. Special needs accommodating.

Guitar Class
Fundamentals of guitar including chord structure, fretting, and fingering and strum techniques. Guitars provided, but feel free to bring your own. Special needs accommodating.

Community Drum Circle
Use rhythm to connect with friends/strangers/co-workers and celebrate life.  Participants synchronize their heartbeats, experiencing a rhythmic massage and emotional release.  It is an energy-charged event that is enjoyable, therapeutic, and uniting. 

Location

ASU Community Services Building – 200 E Curry Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281


About Some of the Key Players

Frank Thompson
Frank Thompson is a professional Drum Circle Facilitator and professional presenter.  He is the founder of the AZ Rhythm Connection (AZRC) and has been facilitating rhythm for over 25 years.  During a corporate career of the same length, Thompson had regional and national level responsibilities for marketing, training and diversity with several Fortune 100 Firms. Thompson is Six-Sigma certified and endorsed by REMO Drum Company for Drum Circle Facilitation and Health Rhythms.  Thompson is also an approved continuing education provider for Certified Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Kymla J. Eubanks
Kymla J. Eubanks, MT-BC, founded Higher Octave Healing, a valley agency focusing on music therapy and support services addressing the needs of the whole person, in 2004.  Higher Octave Healing is affiliated with Arizona State University via the ASU Music Therapy Clinic, where Eubanks and many of the Higher Octave Healing Board Certified Music Therapists provide music therapy services and support for music therapy students and interns.  Eubanks is a Board Certified Music Therapist of 15 years, a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and has served on the board of the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association (WRAMTA), as well as past president of the Arizona Music Therapy Association (AzMTA).

Julie Murillo
Julie Murillo, MT-BC, an ASU alumnus, is the Faculty Associate/Clinical Director for ASU's Music Therapy Pre-Clinical Program.  Each semester for a total of four, music therapy students complete a "pre-clinical," where they are matched to a client in the ASU Music Therapy Clinic or a community facility for their training, providing goal-based music therapy interventions.  Murillo coordinates the student placements, supervising and mentoring them in their clinical training.  "We strive to provide every music therapy student with a wide variety of experiences, working with different populations to develop exceptional clinical skills," Murillo says.  Students work in the clinic with clients who have varying diagnoses, including autism and Aspergers, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, speech disorders, and emotional/behavioral disorders.  Community placements include nursing homes, schools, hospitals, hospices, psychiatric/behavioral health facilities, and rehabilitation centers.  "Our students are amazing with their dedication, creativity and organization," Murillo says.  "While putting the theory and skills they learn in the classroom into practice, they're providing an incredible service to our clients, who truly benefit."  Murillo is also the Owner/Director of Valley Music Therapy, which provides professional music therapy services to varying populations Valleywide.


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