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Music, Rhythm and Movement Creativity Facilitator Training Seminars

MRM- Music, Rhythm and Movement Facilitator Training- Increase Your Facilitation Skills!

Date: Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Time: Saturday: 1pm - 8pm,  Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Cost:     $155 for two day training (discount Orff, MT, MfP, DCF - $145)    

              $80 for single day option (discount Orff, MT, MfP, DCF - $75)

Where: 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Contact: Mary Knysh- 570 2049783

Register and pay below: first one for two day training, second for single day option

Music Therapists!  13 CBMT credit hours available for $45 additional fee, contact Mary for more information (

2 Day FT-SC
Single Day Option

More Information About MRM Workshops and Facilitator Trainings:

MRM: Music, Rhythm and Movement Improvisation Facilitator Training Programs

This training program will provide hands on facilitation experiences designed to give participants the self-confidence,  skills and desire to facilitate others on their own!  Our goal is to provide an inspirational and supportive environment in which each participant has the chance to discover, explore and express themselves while creating and transforming community through interactive improvisational music, rhythm and movement play.  In the Los Angeles facilitator training Mary Knysh is joined by John Fitzgerald.

What will you learn?

  • Basic group facilitation skills for leading groups of percussion and all instruments
  • Methods for bringing a group of any size into expressive vocal and rhythmic song
  • Great ice-breaker activities designed to get participants relaxed and interacting immediately
  • Accessible and fun ensemble games and structures that can include all levels of experience  
  • How to faciltate movement as a form of “intentional listening”
  • Use of rhythm and music for non-verbal communication and story telling
  • Simple and fun brain-based strategies of engagement  activities for use with all ages

This Facilitator training is especially good for:

  • Music Together teachers interested in learning new and simple creative ideas for their groups
  • Drum facilitators looking for new ideas for facilitation that involve voice and all other instruments
  • Music educators (Orff teachers love these tools!) wanting to explore accessible, fun and interactive tools for music improvisation with their students!
  • Anyone longing to bring more self expressive music into their community and/or workplace in an interactive and fun way!
  • Musicians (all genres) who want to develop or improve their improvisation skills
  • Teachers of all subjects and levels as inspiration for group work, team building and fun ideas for bringing rhythm and music into all curricular areas
  • Music, Art and Movement therapists and Occupational therapists as new ways of engaging groups
Music for People: Mary Knysh
MRM: Music, Rhythm and Movement Improvisation Workshops

Enliven Creativity and Create Community Through Spontaneous Music, Rhythm and Movement Exploration and Play

The goal of this workshop is to provide an inspirational and supportive environment in which each participant has a chance to discover, explore and express their own unique creativity through spontaneous “in the moment” musical play. The games and structures are simple enough to successfully grasp immediately yet profound enough to explore for a lifetime! Return to child, that is the natural, spontaneous and creative way to playfully explore music, rhythm and movement. Mary Knysh shares a wide variety of simple and accessible activities that will have all making music together quickly and easily! Participants are provided with not only an exciting day of discovery and self expression but also an outline of techniques that can be explored at home alone or with a group of friends so that skills gained during the workshop can be explored long after the workshop.  Anyone interested in discovering and developing their own improvisational skills, musical self-confidence and joy of music making have come to the right place.  Bring your own instrument or enjoy one of ours!

A workshop designed especially to:

  • Bring music into your life in a fun and interactive way
  • Develop/Enhance improvisation skills for all levels of musicians
  • Inspire all subjects & teacher levels for group work and team building
  • Provide educators with exciting and accessible  Brain-Based Engagement Strategies and Activities for classroom use
  • Expand and Enliven Drum Circle Facilitation by including Voice and all instruments! 
  • Equip music educators with a myriad of new tools for fun, easy and interactive music improvisation (great for Orff instruments!) 
  • Music Together teachers interested in learning new and simple creative ideas for their groups
  • Introduce group engagment and non-verbal communication  ideas for Music, Art and Movement therapists and Occupational therapists

This workshop is terrific for:

  • Drum Circle Facilitators
  • Music Together Teachers and Parents
  • Music Educators
  • Classroom Educators
  • Musicians (all levels)
  • Music, Art, Movement and Occupational Therapists

In these workshops and training sessions Mary shares and integrates several bodies of work that she has trained in and taught for many years including the music improvisation work of Music for People (, ethnic drumming styles and drum circle facilitation work, and the expressive movement form of NIA (

About the Facilitator/Trainers:

Mary E. Knysh: Music for People Organization (  Mary Knysh is a professional musician, multi instrumentalist, recording artist, innovative workshop facilitator and educator as well as an endorsee drum circle facilitator for REMO drum corporation. Mary has worked with cellist David Darling and the Music for People organization for the past twenty years and serves as both a facilitator, professional development specialist and trainer within the organization both in the US and Switzerland. She travels throughout the United States and Internationally offering performances, workshops, and artist in residencies Mary is an Orff Schulwerk clinician and has presented at Orff conferences throughout the United States and Australia. She is an artist on the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts roster, Young Audiences of New Jersey, New York BOCES. Over the past nine years, Mary’s drumming facilitation and work has been featured in NYC’s “Community Drumming” summer events held in Wagner Park, Battery Park City, every July and August. Mary is the author of the book, "BoomDoPA" that serves as a guidebook for facilitating music improvisation activities with groups of any age and experience. Over the past twenty five years Mary has worked with a wide range of communities including educational, health care, and varied community groups.

Facilitator Training and Workshop Participant Quotes

  • “Very quickly into the workshop Mary established a collaborative, safe, and supportive environment in which I felt free to play, able to experiment, and ready to grow.”  Princeton Workshop participant
  • “ I was effortlessly led by Mary Knysh to make music with a group of people at a higher level than I thought possible.   We sang, moved and played instruments forming a true community of sound.  And finally, I felt like a Music Together Teacher, filled with the joy of making music, excited to go back and share that with my families and hopefully help awaken their own joy at making music themselves.”    - Music Together Teacher
  • “I am excited to use your ideas for more verbalizing to connect musicality into body movement.  I loved integrating the movement, rhythm, body and the way we  connected  to rhythm in our bodies and transitioned that to movement.” 
  • “I leave this training with renewed energy for my mission to find affordable places to drum and to sing with my community!” 
  • “I will use the call and response, simple “say what you play” tools and musical conversation games with my younger students. For my older students I want to use more vocal body percussion to encourage them to relax and be completely present in their music and sound.”  
  • “I loved the simple and clear facilitation signals. I plan to do much more with the voice, echos, and drones when I return to my classroom. I was struck by the idea that drums and instruments can speak and provide us with new forms of non-verbal communication.”
  • “The next time I walk into my drum class, I will begin without drums and open with voice and body and then add drums later on.  I had never thought about beginning rhythmic work on the body and in voice, this was great!”
  • “I am excited to start using my voice, up until today that was a very scary thought to me. I can’t wait to come up with more vocal sounds and body percussion ideas to share with my groups!”
  • “Bundt pans rock! I loved the “found sounds” instruments and will encourage my students to explore this fascinating world of new sounds in everyday objects.”
  • “I teach Music Together and I am excited to use your call and response with the bell idea as well as the call and response moving from voice to instruments during our “jam session” time.  I also loved the drone with the voice and plan to use this as well.” 
  • “I have two choirs and several drum groups and I am inspired to go back and encourage more vocal and tonal improvisation with the drum groups and with the choirs I can’t wait to add more rhythmic singing, body drumming and drums to their music! Also the vocal drones will be a wonderful addition to both groups.”  
  • “I really appreciated the non-verbal drum facilitation skills, the simple call and response activities and the spontaneous rhythmic vocal structures will be perfect for introducing my students to part singing in a fun and engaging way, thanks so much for the great new ideas, I can’t wait to try them out in my classroom!” 
  • “I am a Drum Circle Facilitator and I am looking forward to adding more vocal and tonal activities into my drum circles, this was such fun and I leave with so many new ideas to try.  Thanks so very much.”

Coming in April 2015



For all those who play and sing, from age 0-99

To be held at the Villaggio del Fanciullo, via Scipione dal Ferro 4 on the 2nd floor in the aula teatro.

Most people are inhibited, at times even blocked, if you ask them to express themselves musically. This unique workshop introduces the participants to musical improvisation. It has been designed for people with wide-ranging professional backgrounds and musical abilities who wish to nourish their love for music and develop their own expressive skills in music. Going back to a childish state – this is the natural, spontaneous, and creative path to learning improvisation in a playful way and in a constructive, mutually supportive atmosphere. Mary Knysh, instructor in the organization Music for People (, offers a wide variety of fun, accessible techniques and activities which will help everyone make music together in a stimulating, encouraging, relaxing way, quickly and easily! The workshop is especially recommended for:

·      Musicians who want to develop the technique of improvisation (including classical musicians)

·      Music teachers in search of inspiration for work with their own students

·      School teachers in search of inspiration for facilitating group work

·      Music- , art- , and movement-therapists

·      Music lovers aiming to improve the spontaneity of their access to music.

To register, please call (+39) 334.173.8162 or write




per tutti quelli che suonano o cantano dai 0-99 anni

April 2014

presso il villaggio del fanciullo, v. scipione dal ferro 4, 2p aula teatro

La maggior parte delle persone e’ inibita, perfino bloccata se gli si chiede di esprimersi

musicalmente. Questo workshop unico introduce i partecipanti all’improvvisazione

musicale ed e’ pensato per persone di diversi background professionali e abilita’ musicali

che vogliono sviluppare il proprio amore per la musica e la propria capacita’ espressiva

musicale. Ritornare allo stadio del bambino – questo e’ il modo naturale, spontaneo e

creativo per imparare l’improvvisazione in maniera giocosa e in un’atmosfera costruttiva e

di supporto reciproco. Mary Knysh istruttrice dell’organizzazione Music for People condivide una grande varieta’ di tecniche divertenti e accessibili

e di attivita’ che aiuteranno tutti a fare musica insieme in maniera stimolante,

incoraggiante, rilassante, velocemente e facilmente! E’ spcialmente consigliato per:

• Musicisti che vogliono sviluppare la tecnica d’improvvisazione (anche musicisti classici)

• Insegnanti di musica che cercano ispirazione per il lavoro con i propri studenti

• Insegnanti delle scuole che cercando inspirazione per facilitare il lavoro di gruppo

• Musico-terapisti, Arte-terapisti e Terapisti del movimento

• Amanti della musica per migliorare il loro accesso spontaneo alla musica

per iscriversi 334.173.8162 --