While the hustle and bustle of #givingtuesday has past, we would like to still remind you, that we don't need just one day to give. Giving towards a charity or non-profit program anytime of the year, allows that program to continue even past the Holidays-
Some of you may or may not know, but currently our non-profit is compiled of two co-directors and a small board, collaborated with Vermont Singing Drum and the support of many teachers and school administrations we have already worked with....
So needless to say, we are pretty small with some BIG dreams-
Just in Vermont alone, there are approximately 250 Public Schools, 135 Private Schools and 30 Alternative Schools. To put it into perspective a Sponsored Donation of $10,000 would supply 30 drums. That would two drums into 15 classrooms into a School. $5,000 would supply 15 drums in 7 classrooms into a School.
What does a Vermont Singing Drum really do?...
New research has suggested that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may also be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills. It can be said to help increase your IQ in both children and adults and “brain training” can be pretty BIG business. Playing music has also been found to help strengthen the bonds with others. It helps create the communicational bridge between two individuals, reducing bullying and increases acceptance of differences.
This program has proven to help Calm & Re-center students at key parts of the day; Improve their learning, listening & focusing skills; Stimulates creativity & the desire to learn; Promotes cooperation and helps to build healthy relationships with their peers and adults; Reduce bullying by breaking down defensive barriers & building bridges using a different form of therapeutic communication; Increase acceptance of differences by playing the same drum together. Benefits of Music for Children; Speech Development, Vocabulary Building, Builds Patience, Builds Self-Esteem, Sense of Positive Discipline, Aids in Better Listening and Better Brain Development. Research has suggested that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may also be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills. With these improved skills it can help create the communicational bridge between two individuals, reducing bullying and increases openness and acceptance of differences.
Bullying vs. Music
Bullying is often a complex issue, in particular with children, encompassing the social, economic, structural, and psychological dimensions of upbringing. As in many symbiotic relationships, bullying is harmful both for the victim as well as the bully. A 2013 study from the University of Minnesota found that music therapy can be used as an effective intervention for both bullies and victims. While the main part of the study focused on gender-based bullying, it showed how exposure to music and interaction mediated with the use of instruments helped in easing negative emotions among children. By exposing them to music and instruments, music therapy improved peer relations and self-management.
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