April 5, 2016 Surry Arts at the Barn(SATB) will be well represented in Japan and Korea this spring when its Executive Director Alan Wittenberg shares his expertise in music therapy during his three week visit to the countries. Wittenberg has been invited to conduct a seminar at the Kyoto International Center for Music Therapy as well as a variety of other venues.
“I’ll be advising specialists in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and other major Japanese cities on using music to help the elderly with issues like depression, loss of memory and isolation,” Wittenberg, a certified music therapist for 35 years, said. “In addition, I’ll be consulting with students and professionals in other centers on enhancing through music the communication and social skills of disabled children.”
He will also present seminars on neurological music therapy at Kyonggi University in Seoul, Korea.
Wittenberg plans to scout for talent for the performing arts center while there. “SATB strives to bring culturally diverse entertainment to Surry and I hope to return with commitments from a variety of Japanese and possibly Korean performers, ” he added.
He will depart in mid-April and return to Surry in time to kick off the Barn’s 2016 season which
kicks off mid-May.
SATB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Alan Wittenberg, Certified Music Therapist, provides individual and group sessions to clients of all ages at the Surry Music Therapy Center, located in Surry, Maine. Alan also visits and conducts music therapy sessions at:
- schools and universities
- nursing homes and hospitals
- day and residential programs
throughout the state of Maine. Alan also does conference presentations and training in Japan and Russia at the centers that he founded.
MUSIC touches us when words cannot. It is instinctive and intuitive in all of us, regardless of disability. It reflects who we are and helps us to realize who we can be.
Since (my son) has started back with you I’ve seen wonderful changes. He’s even more happy then he was, concentration (focusing) has increased and eye contact as well.
– Mother of a child with autism
View some photos of the Saint Petersburg Center for Music Therapy and Alan’s visit.
Alan gave seminars at universities and hospitals throughout Japan from October 22 thru November 22. Please visit the Japan Page to view his work.
|An International seminar at Surry Music Therapy Center with Japanese students from Nigata University|