|Music appreciation for those with hearing loss
Confucius said, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature
cannot do without,” and is what many individuals with significant
hearing loss claim they want to discover or rediscover. To help
make this happen, international and local experts will be conducting
the “Art of Sound” workshops on Saturday, Jan. 30 at the American
Theater on King Street.
The children’s workshop will run from 9:30-11 a.m. Nevitte
Morris, Speech Pathology/Therapeutic Services, will present a music
program designed specifically for children ages 3-9 with cochlear
implants (CI) and children that might be candidates for the technology.
“Music is a powerful tool for teaching children who are learning to
listen through the use of their cochlear implant devices,” said Morris.
“They may first become aware of the melody, listening for differences
in the pitch and patterns of the music, and eventually, learn to listen
and discriminate a variety of tunes through increasing their auditory
skills. When children are listening to music or singing songs they are
happy and with the advancements in cochlear implant technology,
children with hearing loss can have fun with music alongside their
Accompanying Morris will be Jamal Mohamed, a percussionist who has
previously worked with children who have hearing loss. Together, they
will focus on engaging children in music appreciation, listening and
hands-on jamming while providing practical tips and tools to help
parents promote further enjoyment of music.
The adult workshop, scheduled from 1-4 p.m., will feature Geoff Plant,
executive director of the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation, who has
developed a music appreciation curriculum for cochlear implant users.
The workshop is open to teenagers and adults with CIs and individuals
who might be considering the technology.
Anyone interested in attending may register online at http://www.rediscoveringmusic.com
or call 888-633-3524. The event is free of charge and includes
admission to the museum for the day plus parking. Space is limited.
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010