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Percussion Intervention training with Jim Donovan on April 21

April 5, 2012

Saint Francis University’s Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) will be offering Percussion Intervention Training with Jim Donovan on April 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness located on the campus of Saint Francis University.

Parents, caregivers, health care providers, behavior health professionals, and teachers working with special needs populations are invited to attend this one day, research-based training session. The instructor will be Jim Donovan, award-winning musician and founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root. In addition to his long and noteworthy music career, Mr. Donovan has worked extensively with children with Autism and other disabilities.

The training session welcomes persons of all experience levels including those with no musical or teaching background. Participants will learn how to apply percussion interventions. Percussion interventions are techniques that deploy easy-to-learn approaches, instruments, and methods to elicit a desired behavioral response, such as maintaining attention-to-task, improving socialization skills, or increasing the ability to communicate. Examples of percussion interventions include (but are not limited to):
• Teaching a child to spell his or her name by associating it with a specific rhythm
• Providing a child with a "shaker" or other percussion instrument that allows the child to maintain attention or focus in noisy or distracting environments
• Providing a child with an acceptable mechanism to release energy, such as striking a drum
Participants will receive an overview of basic music foundation and facilitation philosophy and an introduction to percussion instruments and techniques (including traditional and electronic percussion instruments and software). This interactive session will also provide participants with the opportunity to practice interventions and receive feedback while learning to apply rhythmic facilitation techniques and ideas.

The cost for this event is $150, which includes materials. Seating is limited to the first 25 registrants. For more information and/or to register, please visit: www.percussioninterventiontraining.com, call (814) 472-3389, or e-mail Brenda Guzic at bguzic@cermusa.francis.edu.