The Musical Autist is a place where Neurodiversity is celebrated and respected!
We believe in EQUAL RIGHTS TO THE FINE ARTS.
We host Sensory Friendly Concerts®, where people on the autism spectrum can hear great music in an accommodating and respectful environment, without the social restraints of having to sit perfectly still like in a typical concert venue. These are also events where autistic self advocates, as well as music therapy clients, can perform and share their music. We’re here to give a lasting platform for musical autists who seek self-expression.
So what exactly does our motto, “Equal Rights to the Fine Arts” mean? It means bringing legit jazz and classical artists to us. We want to hear top notch performing artists, in an environment where people won’t sneer at us if we need to flap our hands, rock, wander around or vocalize along with the music. (Think about it…have you ever been to a formal concert venue and realized you’d get dirty looks from neighbors in the audience, for even opening a cough drop wrapper?!) It also means providing accommodations, like noise-reduction headphones and an adjacent quiet room.
SensoryFriendly Concerts are trademarked, and only credentialed music therapists are allowed to host these events. We have done this for the specific purpose of developing the construct of Community Music Therapy in autistic culture. We would like to prove that respectful and accommodating environments are conducive to the health and well-being of autistic individuals and community as a whole, and we need to accomplish this by developing case studies of all SensoryFriendly Concerts that are happening.
We are based out of Millersville, Maryland, which is centrally located in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC corridor.
We work with credentialed music therapists, to bring a platform for self-advocacy to the musical autists whom they serve.
Many people with diagnoses on the autism spectrum have innate musical talents; thus, music therapy provides an opportunity for successful experiences. Emphasis is placed on strengths, which in turn may be utilized to address each individual’s areas of need.
American Music Therapy Association
Click anywhere in the above quote, to learn more about the benefit of music therapy for people on the autism spectrum, on a fact sheet published by AMTA.
We are supported by Creating Communities, a local nonprofit organization in Annapolis, Maryland, which is directed by the well-renowned jazz guitarist, Rob Levit. We are promoted by Terra-Rising Records, who promote all things music education and music therapy.
So what exactly IS a “Musical Autist,” say you?
Anyone on the autism spectrum that LIKES MUSIC. Simple as that.
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