Music, dancing and fun had by all.

Ray White Volunteers at Vaucluse Public School

What a fantastic morning we had yesterday! 30 real estate agents from Ray White Double Bay spent an hour rocking out with us and the support unit’s students and teachers at Vaucluse Public School. Variety, the children’s charity run a Corporate Volunteering program, whereby staff from within an organisation can participate in a number of different…

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The Rhythm Village at Variety’s Fine China Lunch

Drumming at Variety's Fine China Lunch

On Wednesday 16th March, Variety, the children’s charity, held their annual Fine China Luncheon at China Doll restaurant, Woolloomooloo Wharf.  The event aims to raise much needed funds for Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Luckily, the weather held and a fabulous day was had by all!   There were loads of  incredible…

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Sibling Drumming and Music at St George School.

What a fantastic day we had last Thursday! Josh ran a drumming workshop for the students of St George School along with their siblings and parents. The aim of the workshop was to give the opportunity for students with special needs to play music with their siblings and other family members. Over 50 people attended…

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A wonderful gift for The Rhythm Village and Bates Drive Public School

Last Thursday 21st May, The Rhythm Village were invited to an official cheque presentation event at Sydney Airport. The Airport raised a record $263,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity, to help Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, along with their families. Variety distribute the funds to a number of deserving…

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Josh Oshlack – Keynote speaker at SEPLA – Special Ed Conference

Josh Oshlack, founder of The Rhythm Village, was invited to be a  keynote speaker at the 2014 NSW SEPLA Special Education Conference.  He described how powerful music is within special needs schools and offered some amazing insights into what teachers can do within their own classrooms.  The keynote presentation was interactive, engaging and high energy.…

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From drum sticks to spoons.

A twelve year old boy was encouraged to play the drum with a drum stick.  His grip was not very strong so he often couldn’t hold day to day objects such as maracas, pencils or even cutlery.  Over months of encouraging him to play the drum with sticks using both hands, his grip became stronger…

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Large moves by a little girl

A sweet little seven year old girl presented herself with very limited muscle movement.  When I would play my class welcome song on the guitar, I would get a big smile, but that was it, although we always made sure she had bells around her wrist so that a teacher could move her arm to…

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He continued to move his hand high all by himself…

A teenage boy, who has no muscle movement that I had seen during music sessions, listens to the music and sounds but cannot physically engage that well.  Recently, I walked around with my guitar allowing the students to strum the strings or to put their hand on the guitar (often with the teachers help) to…

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The teachers had never heard her sing.

A young teenage girl at a special needs school rarely said anything but did engage in playing instruments from her wheel chair.  After months of working at the school, I decided to bring in one of those plastic microphones that echo when talked or sung into.  I gave her the microphone and to all of…

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