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REMO ORGANIZES INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FEATURING MUSIC THERAPY & DRUMMING FOR WELLNESS
by CHRISTINE STEVENS
Music therapists Dr. Barbara Reuer, Helen Dolas, MS, MT-BC, and Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC excited an international crowd of Remo distributors from five continents, and countries around the world including: Germany, Israel, Italy, Phillipines, Spain, Jamaica, Mexico, Egypt, Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Jamaica, Brazil, Serbia, New Zealand, Panama, Morocco, China, Sri Lanka, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Hong Kong, Bolivia, and Thailand.
The attendees picked their own instrument of choice and blended together in an amazing jam session. The theme of the program was expanding global markets into drumming for wellness, music therapy, and recreational music making. The event was held in North Hollywood at The Remo Recreational Music Center (RMC) with over 60 people in attendance.
Additional presenters included Ping Ho from UCLA Arts and Healing and George Thompson from Teri Inc. Remo employees John Fitzgerald, Alyssa Janney and Mike DeMenno gave presentations and led drumming experiences as well creating a beautiful memory for attendees.
Through Remo Belli’s advocacy of the use of drumming in rehabilitation centers, individuals with autism spectrum, older adults and the use of the HealthRHYTHMS program, distributors learned about the importance of networking with music therapists and music therapy organizations in their respective countries. Through continued efforts, Remo and its supporters hope to inspire a global movement towards using arts for healing.
Remo is considered a visionary with over 25 years experience supporting recreational music making. The award-winning RMC – Recreational Music Center in North Hollywood has been operating for over 15 years, hosting free drum circles on Tuesday nights and kids programs on Saturdays.
Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA
Helen Dolas, MS, MT-BC
Barbara Reuer, PhD