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Music appreciation for those with hearing loss

As 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 peers.”
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 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

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