We Are Officially Full!
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Hi everyone, I am so happy, and sad to say for new families, that we are officially at capacity for Brainsong: the Liberation Concert! We are forced to limit to 100 per park permit. And we only have enough food for 100. But… I am hoping this is not the last concert, as we have musicians who were out of town and really want to do this next summer — so please think of us again!

To our wonderful donors and sponsors: We will make a poster with logos to post on the tents on the day of the event! We will share your generosity then! We can’t post it around town now, because we are already full! Wow!

Let me put them up here, actually!

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Julie @ 7:21 pm
To Register for Our Liberation Concert:
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Hello! And Welcome! To Register for Our Liberation Concert (we still have about 20 spots left), simply:

Send me your:

Name, address, phone, email, number attending, how you heard of us

To: Me, Julie Marshall, text or call 720-255-9831 or: marshalltim123@msn.com

I can’t wait to meet you!

The Denver Post Article, Our Liberation Concert!, June 21, 2105: Please see Mother of autistic girl organizes concert open to all on Page 3B of Sunday, June 21, 2015 issue of The Denver Post or Post article Father’s Day

COMMENTS FROM FAMILIES ATTENDING:

Julie,
I just read with glee the article in the Denver Post about the upcoming interactive concert for and with children with autism. We would love to register our daughter and ourselves…
Raising a now 24 year old daughter through the early years of the meteoric rise in ASD, we have experienced the discrimination that, in the early years, was born of ignorance, but is now a result, I believe, of selfishness. Being recipients of the stink eye through many Barney performances, circuses, and other events, it warms my heart to see that Holly may have the opportunity to joyfully and without recrimation experience music.

Please let us know how to register, or please accept this as our registration for 3.
Jim, Sherry, and Holly of Centennial

Again, thanks for making my Father’s Day morning.

…..

How my heart leapt for joy when I saw the info for your libration concert. I love, love, LOVE everything about it. In fact, the requirements of “no compliance, no shushing, etc.” brought tears to me eyes- how did you no that’s how my 8 year old daughter has to experience the world. What an awesome day to live as “liberated individuals!”

We cannot wait to attend and will be looking for the registration to open soon!!

Thank you for creating such a wonderful day for some very special people!

Jen of Arvada

Thank you so much and we are so looking  forward to it. My boys love music.

Maria of Thornton

Julie @ 3:22 pm
Denver Post and Daily Camera OPEDs Today on Liberation Concert!
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Liberation Concert OPED Daily Camera, May 31, 2015

Denver Post OPED Liberation Concert, May 31, 2015

Julie @ 1:45 pm
Our Liberation Concert July 19!
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SUNDAY JULY 19, 2015 @ CHAUTAUQUA LAWN
BRAINSONG: OUR LIBERATION CONCERT
Interactive Performing Arts Event for Kids
And Families Living with Disabilities

Sponsors: Awesome Boulder Foundation and Association for Community Living (ACL). Volunteers: ACL, EXPAND – City of Boulder; Imagine Behavioral Health Services (IBHS); Project Yes. Donating partners: Noodles & Co.; Boulder Tent Rentals, JAX Mercantile, Costco, Eldorado Springs Water

Chautauqua Green
Under the Tent
9th and Baseline Road
Boulder 80302
10 a.m.
Harpist
Pam Eldridge
11 a.m.
Music & Stories
Jeff & Paige
noon
Lunch by Noodles & Co. 12:30
Drumming Circle Nancy Braun-Curnes 1:30 p.m.
Vibraphone
Rick Weingarten
2:30 p.m.
Dance in the grass
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
3:30 p.m.
Gymnastics & Dance Airborne Gymnastics

Giant Bubbles & Song Columbine & Company

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CONCERT RULES:

Absolutely NO:
1. compliance
2. shushing
3. explaining
4. apologizing
5. Judging
And YES to:
1. moving
2. making noise
3. dancing
4. expressing joy — because Awesome-ism doesn’t follow the rules
FREE TICKETS
LIMITED TO 100
Registration required:

send me your name, address, email, phone, number attending and how you heard of us!

To: Julie Marshall

marshalltim123@msn.com
Call 720-255-9831 (or text)

Julie @ 5:18 pm
Matt Shugert introduced the clarinet and saxophone this week!
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Annalynn feels the vibe

Hello Everybody! Matthew Shugert, our own Ryan Elementary School student teacher came last week to show our kiddos the clarinet and saxophone. They felt the instrument’s sound in their eyes, on their hands and in their hearts (hope that’s not too cheesy). He was so terrific. They were really into it. Lots of smiles all around, singing and dancing. PS I am trying to upload video shortly on the MEDIA page. Please check back. Julie

Julie @ 4:20 pm
Rick Weingarten Performed Today!
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Dear Friends and Supporters: Professional musician Rick Weingarten performed for our kids on the Vibraphone today! He was amazing. The kids each got a chance to play this vibrant instrument, dance, sing and move to the beat. We did the hokey pokey, “she’ll be comin’ round the mountain” and even the Parisian Can Can. It was all we could hope for. The kids helped each other join in, especially the shy ones. They asked for more, they interacted with each other and socialized in complete uninhibited joy. We are so grateful to Rick for kicking off the new season of Brainsong with our ACL gift/grant. I would post video, and we have plenty, but we still need parents to sign permissions to release photos of their smiling faces. It will come soon, I promise! Next week: the Harp with Pam Eldridge!

Julie @ 5:14 pm
We got a grant!
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Dear Supporters and Friends:

As of September 2012, we just found out we got a $500 Grant from the ACL (Association for Community Living in Boulder County). We can now start hiring musicians again to get into the classroom and kick up the music!!! A huge, warm thank you to the ACL. Our hearts are singing!!!

Julie @ 4:19 pm
Drumming Circle
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Gregg Hansen came last week and brought his drumming circle instruments. Special thanks to Amy Self for finding this marvelous musician for us!! The kids banged on drums and made beautiful music together, all big smiles the whole time!! It was magical.

Gregg Hansen hosts our kids drumming circle

Julie @ 1:36 pm
A Day of BrainSong
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We have had musicians every week since February this year! It has been so exciting each time just to watch the kids interact with the musicians, their instruments and the music.

A few hightlights come to mind: The boys played “air flute” and did some break dancing on their own; most weeks the kids have a buddy come in from the typical classroom and it is such a delight to watch them hug one another and dance, and sing. These connections are priceless.

A good example of my daughter, Sarah: When the cellist played her favorite Ode to Joy by Beethoven, at first Sarah was flapping her arms and didn’t want to sit down, but when the tune started she was wide-eyed and sat down, and relaxed in my lap. She watched in wide-eyed wonder to the music and her body swayed and bounced to the ryhthm. She was so happy! It’s not a goal for our kids to take a nap, but Sarah actually fell asleep in my lap!

I will try my best to post weekly updates here of each weekday of music in BrainSong! Forgive me if i miss a week, i am a busy mom shuffling off to therapies! All best, Julie Marshall

Julie @ 6:05 pm
Welcome to our New Site!
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Sarah Marshall and Harpist Pam Eldridge play harp

Did you realize that music is the oldest form of communication? Or just how profound music can be on the brain’s development and abilities? World renowned neurologist, Oliver Sacks (click here to see his book, Musicophilia), has spent much of his life denoting this fact; an entire lab at MIT is now researching the incredible effect music has on our body’s largest muscle. Researchers have shown that in Alzheimers patients, when they are in their last stages of the debilitating disease, and can no longer recognize themselves in the mirror, they can still hear an old, familiar tune, stand up and sing! And when we hear music, we use more of our brain energy than during any other task in life (click here for link to MIT study mentioned on NPR)

So, it makes sense that we, as parents and educators, would turn to music to help our children with Autism fight for a better today and tomorrow.

Welcome to BrainSong — a fledgling program started by a mom and a teacher that brings music into the school in the form of mini-concerts, where children with Autism are free to express themselves, learn and grow. Please peruse this website to learn more, perhaps donate your music skills and visit our classroom, or help pay musicians with big hearts who can.

Sincerely, Julie Hoffman Marshall, co-founder of BrainSong

Julie @ 4:24 pm