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Brian Muni: Occupational Therapist

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Songs to Help Kids Grow 

4 Songs to Make Us Think, Feel, and Move

2 More Videos!

Come to the Table (10 min. Documentary)
The Woodchuck Song 

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    Art Beyond Sight (Curricula and Song lyrics): 


    “How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain” – Dr. Anita Collins. Animated TED-Ed video on  neuroscientific research of the brain under the influence of music. (4:44)

    Institute for Music and Neurologic Research – Founded by famed neurologist, Dr. Oliver Sacks, and music therapist, Dr. Connie Tomaino, the Institute promotes research and education on using music to assist the “awakening and healing” of individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions including strokes, trauma, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

    Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy ­- Groundbreaking music therapy clinic founded by special education teacher, Clive Robbins, and classical composer, Paul Nordoff, with settings in New York, London, and Sydney.



    Bazyk, S., Cimino, J., Hayes, K., Goodman, G., & Farrell, P. (2010). The use of therapeutic listening with preschoolers with developmental disabilities: A look at the outcomes. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 3(2), 124-138.

    Cook, A., Ogden, J., & Winstone, N. (2018) The impact of a school-based musical contact intervention on prosocial attitudes, emotions and behaviours: A pilot trial with autistic and neurotypical children. Autism, 23(4), 933-942.

    Deboth, K. K., Olszewski, C. A., Roberge, N., & Owen, M. (2020). Interprofessional occupational therapy and music: Therapy piano keyboard intervention for preschoolers with visual impairments: A non-randomized pilot case study. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 14(1), 39-58.

    Eidevall, K., & Leufstadius, C. (2014). Perceived meaningfulness of music and participation in a music group among young adults with physical disabilities. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(2), 130-142.

    Geist, K., & Geist, E. A. (2012). Bridging music neuroscience evidence to music therapy best practice in the early childhood classroom: Implications for using rhythm to increase attention and learning. Music Therapy Perspectives, 30(2), 141-144.

    Kirschner, S., & Tomasello, M. (2010). Joint music making promotes prosocial behavior in 4-year-old children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(5), 354–364.

    MacRae, A. (1992). Should music be used therapeutically in occupational therapy? The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 46(3), 275-277.

    Standley, J. M., & Hughes, J. E. (1997). Evaluation of an early intervention music curriculum for enhancing pre-reading/writing skills. Music Therapy Perspectives, 15(2), 79-86.