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Pittsburgh, PA: Drumming and Autism Training with Jim Donovan

  • Christ United Methodist Church 44 Highland Road Bethel Park, PA, 15102 United States (map)

Drumming & Autism Training with Jim Donovan M.Ed.

Engagement, Socialization, and Stress Reduction Through Rhythm

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016, Bethel Park, PA (Greater Pittsburgh Area in the South Hills)
Educators. Parents. Caregivers. Professionals.
(This training is not for children.)

Drumming & Autism Training with Jim Donovan M.Ed., is a 5 hour workshop designed to show people who work in the Autism field how to facilitate rhythmic and percussive interventions with people with ASD.

These clinically proven interventions were developed at Saint Francis University and are designed to meet goals such as: (1) increased attention to task, (2) non-verbal expression, (3) socialization and (4) stress reduction for individuals on the Autism spectrum and other disabilities.

Musical ability and experience is not required.
Normal cost: $99
Your cost: $35

This event and the reduced price of the training is made possible by the BNY Mellon Community Partnership
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the Sonny Pugar “Music Smiles Program”

Includes: 5 contact hours of training, new skills, signed Certificate of Completion with 5 contact hours listed, and 90 page PDF e-manual.

Christ United Methodist Church
Christian Life Center
44 Highland Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102

Contact For More Information: 
Deb Brandt -- BNY Mellon -- 412-234-0304
Mike Dermody – BNY Mellon -- 315-414-7389

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8:30 AM arrival / registration
9 AM-11:45 Training
11:45 AM-12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM- 3:00 PM Training
Drums and Percussion are provided and you may also bring your own if you'd prefer. We will have a large collection of beautiful djembes, bougarabous, rattles and percussion there for you to use and for purchase.

About the instructor:
Jim Donovan M.Ed., is an award winning musician, educator and inspirational trainer whose mission is to empower and connect people. In his work, Donovan offers specialized programs in the US and abroad focused on using rhythm, sound and other holistic techniques as vehicles for personal growth, healing, and the creation of community.

From 1990-2005, Donovan was a founding member of the 90's band Rusted Root who've sold over 3 million records to date. He has appeared on the David Letterman, Conan O'Brien shows and his music with the band is featured major motion pictures such as Ice Age, Twister, Mathilda as well as on network TV shows American Idol and Party of Five. His touring work with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the stage with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin, Sting, the Dave Matthews Band and The Allman Brothers among others.

Donovan holds Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University where he is an Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. He also holds a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh. Donovan is involved in research at Saint Francis on a system he developed called Percussion Intervention Training. This program is for those who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism how to use simple percussion techniques to help them increase focus, relieve stress, and enhance socialization.

Since 2010, he has trained over 2500 people and presented at a multitude of conferences, health organizations and universities including Saint Francis University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Indiana University among others.
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