John Castillo, 19, remembers harmonizing to children’s songs with his mother as a toddler. Anton Sviridenko, 18, recalls playing “Hot Cross Buns” on the piano when he was four years old. Andy Park, 20, was just three years old when he held his first violin bow.
These natural-born musicians met in Perkins Lower School and became inseparable. In 2006, they decided to combine their talents and perform at a St. Patrick’s Day concert of Irish music. The musical chemistry was immediate and undeniable. It was then they became known as the Perkins Trio. Learn more.
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INSIDE STORY: Music
In Perkins Early Learning Center four-year-old Eric rocks back and forth in a rhythm as music therapist Jill Buchanan strums her guitar and sings. She hands him a plastic giraffe-shaped shaker and makes up a song to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.”
“I have a little shaker here at school,” Buchanan sings. “I’ll shake it up high and I’ll shake it down low.” Eric rattles the shaker over his head and brings it back to his lap. “Then I’ll stop,” the guitar is silenced and Buchanan reaches for Eric’s hand giving him the cue to stop shaking and appreciate a few seconds of quiet.
“I want to get the whole child involved,” Buchanan says later, explaining how music therapy can be a precursor to developing language or orientation and mobility skills.
PERKINS INTERNATIONAL: Where in the World is Perkins?
Cymbals, maracas, and xylophones are important teaching tools at the Sofia School for the Blind in Bulgaria. Since Perkins International helped the school develop a music therapy program in 2005, students have been developing communication and other fundamental skills through music.
“During music therapy sessions our students learn how to communicate using real objects, symbols or pictures,” explains Emanuela Stoilova, who coordinates the school's program for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.
"The students learn to be more independent and start to feel the music and the rhythms close to them," says Stoilova.
Perkins Gala Raises $1.4 M; Bob Weir Performs with Student Chorus
Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead was the surprise musical guest and played songs alongside the Perkins student chorus at the 2010 Perkins Possibilities Gala on May 6th. 700 people were in the audience as part of this annual event to support our global education efforts to build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or multiply disabled.
Weir shared the stage with tie-dye clad students for tunes including, "Uncle John’s Band," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Ripple."
Click on the song title above to watch these performances on YouTube. You can also visit our website for the event photo gallery.
New educational webcast: Conversations
Barbara Miles, well-known as an author and lecturer, discusses her approach to engaging in conversations with students who are deafblind. She encourages people to think of how they converse with their friends and try to replicate the elements of those successful interactions in a way that is accessible to a child with limited vision and hearing. Miles offers alternative strategies for making that connection when the person with whom you want to converse can neither see or hear you. Watch it now.
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