Whether it is a careful beat or a strong whack, the sound of a hand striking the top of a drum can be said to be coming from within.
Cheryl Mozdian, a board certified music therapist with Summit Music Therapy in Clarks Summit, is seeking to help local children with special needs develop their own inner voices as a part of a new program at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road.
World Music Drumming for Special Needs Children will take place on Wednesdays from Sept. 11 to Nov. 13. A session for children in kindergarten through second grade will be held from 3:45-4:30 p.m., while a session for students in grades three through 12 will be held from 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Mozdian explained how the class will take students on a musical journey.
"I will teach the kids how to copy me, how to get used to each other, and all about the instruments," she said. "I have several different instruments for them to learn how to play. I'll teach them different patterns until we can put a song together."
She added that older children will get the chance to try out songs such as "America the Beautiful" and "You Are My Sunshine" as well as current popular hits on the drums. Younger students will set children's stories, like "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" to music.
"My hope is that the children coming to this will develop an increased attention span by learning how to copy me," Mozdian said. "I also hope that they develop an increased sense of teamwork and belonging as they are a part of a group creating a piece of music. They will learn to collaborate with others and get along with strangers. They will also learn self-respect as well as self-efficacy- that they can do it."
Registration is $95 and may be made by calling 586-8191, ext. 2. For more information on additional programs available at the Waverly Community House, visit www.waverlycomm.org.