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Emilia's Recommendations - Music Therapy Awareness Week
By Emilia, MT-BC
2/27/2012 10:39:00 AM

We're proud to announce our participation in Music Therapy Awareness Week February 27 to March 2, 2012.  Music Therapy Awareness Week is intended to help educate the public how music therapy can benefit individuals in a wide variety of circumstances or settings.

We'll be celebrating the week by:

  • Offering community presentations about the benefits and value of music therapy
  • Highlighting the 12 full-time music therapists on staff at West Music locations
  • Showcasing products designed for music therapists and the therapy setting
  • Sharing daily blog posts from the staff therapists
  • Offering special sales opportunities on music therapy products at West Music locations and on www.westmusic.com

In this installment, Emilia Deem--music therapist at West Music Quad Cities--lets us in on her favorite instruments and products for her music therapy curriculum:

Remo Pre-Tuned Ocean Drums, Fish Graphic 

Remo Pre-Tuned Ocean Drums, Fish Graphic

  • From Emilia: "I love this drum because it's “cool”. It gets peoples’ attention and I like to spark a conversation talking about why it is called an ocean drum. Kids especially are very motivated to play this drum."

    • 2.5" depth
    • Pre-tuned
    • Includes mallet
    • Fish Graphic


     Latin Percussion LP234-BK Black Mini Cabasa

    Latin Percussion LP234-BK Black Mini Cabasa

    • From Emilia: "I like this cabasa because it is different than what many clients have seen before, so it’s more interesting to them. The beads on this are a perfect size and distance from the lip so that you get wonderful sensory input from this instrument without having to push too hard."

      • Small cabasa - metal beads, with black plastic handle & sides
      • Designed to create rhythmic scraping sounds and patterns
      • Small size & light weight make this perfect for children
      • Approx. 6" long (handle - 3-3/4") x 2-5/8" wide
      • Weight not quite 1/2 pound.



      We believe in the therapeutic value and benefits of music for all people. We're dedicated to enhancing the lives of all clients through successful musical experiences that address specific needs with respect and dignity. Our music therapy services currently provide support and services to more than 500 clients weekly in a wide variety of settings including West Music studios, school systems, hospice, and private homes. Music Therapy Services available through us include one to one individual therapy, small group therapy (3-6 people), large group therapy (6-12 people), recreational music classes and adaptive music lessons.

      For more information about our music therapy services, please contact Kelly Carlson, MA, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy Services at West Music, at 563-940-9567.

      Tags: Music Therapy Awareness Week, music therapy instruments, music therapy products
      Categories: Music Therapy
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