Music & Occupational Therapy Applications
Interactively assisting special needs individuals with music
Beamz is an innovative and fun musical instrument that enables special needs kids and individuals of all ages to interactively create and play music. It is a great tool in a variety of special needs and rehabilitation applications, most notably including physical and recreational therapy with children and senior citizens, building inspiration without discouragement.
Beamz is universally designed so it is accessible to students of all learning and physical abilities—it’s switch accessible too! Beamz’ versatility in its application context is unmatched—you can work on cognition, processing, sequencing, cause and effect, motor skills, memory, literacy, math concepts, collaboration, music therapy, music education and so much more. Or, you can simply leverage its “cool factor” to engage students and reward productivity.
Music Appreciation DVD
The Beamz music appreciation series provides kids and adults that have limited or no musical background with a great introduction to music and music appreciation. The series includes the Beamz Player software and a range of fun and educational songs and video songs that interactively introduce a variety of musical information and experiences. The series can be used on a stand-alone basis with a PC (using a mouse or keyboard) or on a smart board, or with the Beamz interactive laser controller.
Recreational Music Making For Anyone
The Beamz Classroom (model C4-RMM) has been created for everyone to experience the joy and satisfaction of making music. Touching laser beams and making music by playing light is great fun for kids of all ages and capabilities, regardless of experience with traditional music instruments. Beamz is currently used in schools for:
Special Needs – enabling fun and gratifying music making in just moments
Therapy – unique music therapy product that anyone may play
Music Education – easy to use content for music appreciation and fun music making events
Includes Beamz model C4 laser controller, 50 interactive songs plus. BONUS – includes Music Appreciation content DVD with 30 additional Beamz songs and instructional videos
A Music Therapist’s Perspective of the The Beamz Interactive Musical System:
“I have been using The Beamz Interactive Music System for almost a year in a neurologic rehabilitation setting, specifically with T.B.I. The Beamz is an effective and beneficial therapeutic tool that the clients respond to with enthusiasm and energy. In a group setting, I work with a variety of clients who have distinctly different motor and cognitive capacities. The Beamz is definitely a motivating factor that stimulates simultaneous motor function, hand-eye coordination and cognitive short-term memory recall. I have had physical and occupational therapists alike comment that they have observed clients proficiently using The Beamz who were unable to reach a certain distance and remember a basic shopping list. By engaging in music making with The Beamz, these individuals demonstrate heightened range of motion and sequencing instruments, exercising the same motor and memory function that they were unable to previously perform. Also, clients who do not have a rapport outside of music class displayed camaraderie, engaged in teamwork and even shared smiles when playing The Beamz together, as explained in Intervention #2: Beamz: A Team Player.
In an individual setting, I am able to take concrete data on cognitive functioning by facilitating a memory exercise and calculating the amount of times that the client is able to identify what instrument the different light beams represent. I execute this by letting the client explore the different beam instruments over the musical form once or twice. I use mnemonics to assist the client in recalling what beam represents certain instruments. After the client has had the opportunity to play and become familiarized, I instruct them to take solos on certain instruments throughout the song. The client is challenged to recall where the different instruments are. I strongly believe that every music therapist should have at least one Beamz unit in their instrument collection. These are easily adaptable for use with any population.”
~Rebecca Vaudreuil NMT, NICU-MT, MT-BC
“As a neurologist and research scientist, I support the contention that the possibilities within Beamz are limitless for individuals with developmental challenges, those with physical limitation or in rehabilitation. I personally commend you for a major contribution to all humankind.” – Barry Bittman, CEO, Yamaha Institute of Health and Wellness