The Story of the Drum Circle in a Memory Impairment Residence

The Story of the Drum Circle at The Arbors of Bedford: A Joyful and Therapeutic Community Music Making Experience for those with Cognitive Impairment By Ami Sarasvati Seeing is believing. Every Wednesday for the past few years, as a contractor, I’ve been going to The Arbors of Bedford in Bedford NH to play the Native American flute in a group setting for a one hour activity. The Arbors is a dedicated memory-impairment living residence which is a secured facility. My normal routine consisted of playing backing track of native drum rhythms from a CD. The rhythms are are simple, repetitive
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Kathy M. Testimonial

I’ve been wanting to learn the NAF for a  long time but no one in my area knows anything about it.  After an online search I found Ami and decided to give it a try.  My online lessons with Ami have been so much fun and productive!  In only a few months I feel like I can play this instrument.  Ami is so easy to work with and her books are very understandable.  All of this in the comfort of my own home- can’t beat it!
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Brenda G. Testimonial

Private online NAF lessons with Ami offer me the freedom and comfort to learn and progress at my own pace—at home or even while on vacation. My playing skills have greatly improved in a very short time by being able to customize what I practice from week to week.  
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My Teaching Philosophy

If you are considering learning to play the Native American flute and would like to work with a teacher, please read on. Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl, Executive Director of the World Flute Society, requested I address the following questions to be included in her excellent quarterly publication Overtones! Go to www.worldflutesociety.org for more information. I appreciate the opportunity to articulate where I am coming from to be sure it is a good fit for my students. When folks are looking for a teacher, it is good to know where their teacher stands on these points. Here are mine: *** My overall
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A Dedication to My Childhood Music Teacher

First impressions are powerful. I have fond memories of my music lessons as a child.  If every child had the positive experience I had, there would be many more children enjoying playing an instrument. My beloved teacher, Mrs. Marion Casey, passed away years ago now. Mrs. Casey had a cute little home not far from mine in Manchester, New Hampshire. My lesson time was on Friday afternoon for many years starting in first grade. My Mom took me to Mrs. Casey’s home every week faithfully. With four children to juggle, it is amazing to me that she never once missed
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