Sensory Friendly Concerts™ : Improving Equal Rights to the Fine Arts

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We are so excited to announce that Minnesota’s first Sensory Friendly Concert™, supported by The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, April 26th, from 10-10:45 at the Brookdale Public Library. Through a partnership with The Musical Autist, the Hi-Lo Duo of Kate Nettleman and Pam Arnstein, Toneworks Music Therapy, and The Autism Society of Minnesota, we are providing an opportunity for … [Read more...]

Sensory Friendly Concert dates, and another exciting announcement!

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We are pleased to announce two Sensory Friendly Concerts coming up! March 15th in Kansas City (you can view the flyer here). Big shout out to the Kansas City Metro Music Therapists and the Kansas City Alumnae chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota!   Performers and volunteers come from both groups, including students from three area universities. What a great way to combine forces to make great music more accessible in … [Read more...]

Self Advocates Speak!

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THIS EVENT IS HAPPENING TONIGHT! For those of you in Maryland, it has stopped snowing and roads are fine - see you there! We are pleased to announce a very special conversation with Wolf Dunaway (of PBS’s Neurotypical  documentary - and out of respect for our friend, Paula Durbin Westby, also please read what she has to say on being featured in this film) and Sunny Cefaratti (renowned Musical … [Read more...]

Tell me more about Music Therapy

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As many of our readers know, CJ Shiloh, Director of The Musical Autist nonprofit, is also a Board Certified Music Therapist. In honor of 2014’s Social Media Advocacy Month, we'd like to share with you a few words from Judy Simpson, MT-BC, Director of Government Relations at American Music Therapy Association (who, by the way, is a fan of The Musical Autist : ) . When I started my career as a music therapist in … [Read more...]

2014 You are Lookin’ GOOD!!

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Welcome back to The Musical Autist, dear readers! You might suspect that we've been on "holiday" all this time since our last blog post, but in fact, we've been diligently hard at work behind the scenes. First, CJ Shiloh and Dr. Blythe LaGasse have been busy co-authoring an article on Sensory Friendly Concerts, Neurodiversity and Community Music Therapy, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. More news … [Read more...]

This is Autism

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We are honored to be a part of the This is Autism Flashblog, in response to what Autism Speaks was telling the world last week. If you are not aware of these current state of affairs, we ask you to please read John Elder Robison's resignation letter, and these letters by Autism Society and The ARC, in response to Suzanne Wright's blog post. So we'd like to point out two super cool things about autism right … [Read more...]