The Musical Autist understands how challenging it can be, to walk into a new setting. So Ms.CJ had her dear friend, Carolyn Beall, help her make a few short videos with her iPhone.
For some reason, Ms.CJ can’t get the videos uploaded to WordPress, but they did upload to Facebook. Click here (or if you already Like us, just tab on over to our page.) to watch the videos, or to show the videos to someone you know who has a difficult time going to a new environment.
Things to know about the first Sensory-Friendly Concert, tomorrow night at 6:30pm at Church on the Rock….
PARENTS ARE IN CHARGE OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN!
We welcome, accept and embrace children and adults on the autism spectrum to behave the way they normally behave.
Hand-flapping, rocking, hair-twirling, bouncing allowed!
As typical in a regular concert setting, speaking during the performance is frowned upon.However, autistic vocalizations shall be PART of the musical experience! And just as with singing, autistic vocalizations will be respected as its own form of musical expression and contribution.
If you or your child need a quiet sensory break, there is a room to your right (stage left), a volunteer will usher you to that room.
“Autism-Friendly Artists” are musicians that are trained by Ms.CJ to be knowledgeable of the characteristics of autistic behaviors. It is common knowledge among great musicians, that it takes the highest level of skill and musicianship to play *quietly*, and that is what we look for in our SF Concert performers.
Concerts are free and always will be. However, there will be a tip jar on the stage, for present and potential Autism-Friendly Artists. We hope to raise tip funds over the course of time, to keep bringing in musicians of the finest caliber.
Here’a a couple good quotes to muse upon:
“Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.”
“Jazz is not background music. You must concentrate upon it in order to get the most of it. You must absorb most of it. The harmonies within the music can relax, soothe, relax, and uplift the mind when you concentrate upon and absorb it. Jazz music stimulates the minds and uplifts the souls of those who play it, as well as those who immerse themselves in it. As the mind is stimulated and the soul uplifted, this is eventually reflected in the body.”