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Today I present a brief interview with Keith Botello, an accomplished music therapist and percussionist whom I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing for many years. Keith and I originally (although briefly) met during our time at the University of North Texas, where we both were studying areas of percussion/jazz performance at the time. Eventually we both [...]
Music Therapy Drumming, the percussion-based training program primarily for music therapists, by music therapists, is proud to unveil and introduce the already-in-demand Level 2 Intensive. Where the Level I Intensive focuses primarily on developing a musical core that relates to music therapy, the Level II Intensive shifts its focus toward leadership skills, clinical skills and clinical application [...]
The Hang, or Hang Drum is a relatively new and somewhat unique instrument. It was created in Switzerland by PANart, more specifically, Felix Rohner and Sabrina Scharer. The instrument appears similar to an inverted steel pan drum, and in some sense, sounds similar as well. However, the Hang construction is different, usually deferring to pentatonic [...]
Members of the Music Therapy Drumming consortium are honored to be performing two Daiko pieces, under the auspices of performer/composer Iris Shiraishi at the AMTA National Conference opening session in Atlanta, Georgia. Iris has a history with MU performing arts and currently works as the director of Mu Daiko. This is guaranteed to be an [...]
Got the blues? Express it on drum set, hand drum, or other percussion.
A brief pondering of the value one’s relationship with art, and of the value of “recipes.”
Professor Jim Borling is an established clinician and music therapy educator at Radford University. Here, he offers his thoughts on the Music Therapy Drumming Level One Intensive.
In our first submission to the MTD site video series, Kalani introduced the axatse (ah-hah’-tsay), a gourd shaker originating with the Ewe people of Ghana (click here to see that video.) There are many similar gourd shakers, as well as many other types of gourd shakers, scrapers, drums, and other instruments. Gourd instruments are often [...]