We got to use the Beamz with our students here at EPI yesterday and it is such a pleasure to see how everyone’s faces light up when they realize they are changing sounds with the simplest of movements. The Beamz is so accessible–it’s one of the few technologies that any of our students can use with the greatest level of independence. When I said that we would be using the Beamz for our afternoon activity both students and staff were delighted, and had a great time collaborating together.
Caroline Davoust, Assistant Program Director, Able Arts Works
“Beamz is an engaging activity for students across age groups and differing strengths. As a therapeutic tool, it provides motivation and immediate feedback for students. Beamz allows for most students to initiate and engage independently. It encourages movement, requesting, and commenting.”
Ami Graves, Foundation for the Blind
“At the Scottsdale Training & Rehabilitation Services (STARS) we are very fortunate to have quite a few volunteers who come in and offer entertainment or educational services, sometimes both! The Youth Program is very lucky to call Tom Reidy WITH Share Your Blessings one of those volunteers. Tom has come to STARS on a number of occasions to give the Youth Group a chance of a lifetime to play with an amazing “instrument” called “Beamz”, which was donated to us by Share Your Blessings. This device is synced up to a computer and offers a wide range in song and instrument selection. The goal of the instrument is to trip one of four lasers coming out of the device that are each synced up to a different instrument and activate said instrument. As a track plays, the kids like to play a game where they take turns using different body parts (nose, foot, elbow, hand, etc.) to activate the lasers. They always have a tremendous time with this device and Tom for a number of reasons, but namely Tom is an excellent teacher for the developmentally disabled and they all get to learn more about music and different ways to not only create it, but also enjoy it. Unfortunately, some of the kids will never be able to learn how to actually play an instrument, but with Beamz, they’ve been closer than ever. Staff is always excited to hear when Tom is coming back because the kids enjoy their time with him so much.
Once again: Thank you Tom and Share Your Blessings! “
SCOTTSDALE TRAINING & REHABILITATION SERVICES (STARS)
“The Apogee Project is all about empowering people with complex additional needs to more indpendent with the help of technology. We work closely with people who may have complex difficulties such as Cerebral Palsy, Rett syndrome, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Motor Nerone Disease, aquired brain inquiry, spinal cord injury and other associated difficulties.
Music is such a huge motivator and we have found Beamz to be a great resource for enabling fun, simple and unrestricted quality music creation for people no matter how complex their additional needs or impairment might be.”
The Apogee Project
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With Beamz, people, in whatever setting they find themselves in, can simply reach out and magically wave their arms, hands, or fingers through the musical laser beam lights and instantly create, and actually play along Live, to real music in real time! Not just playing the guitar like I struggled to play on one string, but many guitars, already digitally sampled, or virtually any instrument, all at the same time as an orchestra, or you can experience what it feels like to be the virtuoso soloist on any solo instrument, classical, flamingo, slide, steel, nylon string, crystal clear 12-string, lus enchanting Native flutes, mystical pan pipes, jazzy saxophones, trumpets, the grandest pianos, luscious dulcimers, violins, conga drums, bass guitars, electric rock guitars and organs, classical cathedral pipe organs, dijeridoos, full or solo string and horn sections, Japanese taiko drums, angelic harps,…all can be played by anybody now, even with limited mobility from an injury or disability, or with absolutely no musical training whatsoever. They can be playing music instantly at the speed of light by playing the light.
I’ve seen people’s eyes brighten, and their bodies grow animated, as they make the sounds of a flute, or air-drums, or air-guitar…with the Beamz. It’s not a game, but such a simple thing to play, and yet it lends itself to a feeling of great happiness, beauty and hope. I’m so pleased to know that the Share Your Blessings program is offering this opportunity to individuals with special needs, programs and schools across the country, spreading the music and light to more people who will benefit from it.”
Craig Chaquico, LEGENDARY GUITARIST
We are excited to send you this letter of thanks for your support of Morgan Project and our Quality of Life support programs for children with special health care needs. The donations of the Beamz units have been a huge success for our clients, both here and at home. We utilize the Beamz with an iPad and dancing water speakers, and the kids absolutely love “seeing” as well as hearing the music!
We have incorporated the use of our instruments in our music programs that we offer to individuals as well as during our specialized sensory group sessions. We have had quite a few of our member’s request donations of home units and as far as we know the kids are having a wonderful time with them in the home environment, as well.
Share Your Blessings has made a huge impact on our ability to offer truly multi-sensory technology to our clients and we are extremely grateful to have been chosen as a charitable partner for this program with Beamz.
For the kids,
Kristen Malfara, The Morgan Project
“Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) and Share Your Blessings are collaborating on a promising pilot project this year in several public Title 1 elementary schools. General and Special Education classroom teachers who have trained with GITC to integrate musical learning strategies, guitar, ukuleles and educational songs with academic instruction are exploring the uses and benefits of also including the Beamz Interactive Device to create musical opportunities for all students including those with special needs.
In many schools, these young people have not had equal access to music instruction. Special education classrooms are often left out of the arts. In other instances, students who learn differently are pulled out of mainstreamed classrooms during music to receive special services when the arts are still mistakenly mistreated as “non-essential.”
By including the Beamz during music integration as both a musical instrument and a tool to support academic, social and emotional development, the teachers wish to give all of their student’s meaningful new ways to benefit from making music as a regular part the school day.
The pilot project will support exploration of techniques and practices, collecting insights, anecdotes and best practices to inform future development of Beamz technology and instructional materials for classrooms.”
Jessica Baron, GUITARS IN THE CLASSROOM (GITC)