Harmonikids Session for Students with Learning Disabilities
15 November, 2018
A second November event from Gary Allegretto, Founding Director of Harmonikids.
On November 14, 2018, I provided a HOHNER sponsored Harmonikids session to a classroom of three dozen participants at the Access School for children with learning disabilities in Davie, FL. In spite of their many diverse obstacles to learning, all students were fully focused and engaged throughout the 90 minute session. They giggled with joy and astonishment as I entertained them. Then each was thrilled as I gently taught them to accurately play four songs on their new HOHNER harmonicas. Harmonikids programs have proven for decades, learning to play music on a harmonica can lead youth across daunting boundaries while joyfully boosting their confidence and self esteem. Teacher Deanna Robb relates how Harmonikids made a positive difference at the Access School below.
~ Gary Allegretto, Founding Director of Harmonikids (www.harmonikids.org)
Thank you so much for coming to our school and teaching our students about the harmonica. As you know, our students have learning disabilities, and each year that you come I see them light up and really focus on the lesson. They are so excited and are still practicing their harmonicas! Music is so important and helps strengthen many academic and cognitive skills; therefore, we are so glad our students had this opportunity. For some of them, this is the first musical instrument they have had a chance to play. We truly appreciate your time.
Thank you again!
~ Deanna Robb, Access School