A very magical thing is happening this morning at the Westside Music Conservatory. We are launching a Beat the Odds® Program: Social and Empathy skill building delivered in a framework of drumming. We are having a demo class right now for special needs children and adults. 14 students, 13 aides, 3 family members, 2 teachers, and 1 assistant are here!
I started over a half-dozen music programs for students with special needs in Los Angeles 20+ years ago when my older son Kian (high-functioning autism) was in preschool. I sadly lost my connection with special education as Kian got older, but now that I've opened a new music conservatory, it is one of my main priorities—to offer full-inclusion music-making opportunities, lessons, and ensemble classes.
Chris Parise, our certified Beat ... See more