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Expressive Music Therapy Workshop & Concert

July 21, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This workshop explores the relationship of sound, music and vibration to the body, mind and spirit.   The approach centers on the belief that this connection between music/art and healing creates positive change in the individual and in the broader community. The goal is to use music to bring joy, healing, comfort and purpose to individual lives and to help strengthen community connections.

Music therapist Dr. Ayla Clark and her colleagues will use the creative process of musical interventions to improve and enhance the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well being as well as the quality of life for individuals of all ages.

The concert, which will follow the workshop, features the music of Turkey. Together the workshop and concert will greatly benefit audiences members, from experienced musicians to people who are interested in expanding their healing creativity in everyday life.


Ellen Jean E. Cooley, MA., will present an expressive/music therapy activity for early intervention for those who have developmental delays.

Ayla Varol Clark, Ph.D., will present  Musical Function training for organizing, problem solving, decision making, reasoning, and comprehension.

Mitchell Kossak, PH.D., LMHC, REAT is an Associate Professor and former director in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

Additional information at Southern Vermont Music Therapy  website: www.southernvermontmusictherapy.org  or by calling 1 (802) 257 7601


Ayla Varol Clark, is a music therapist, educator, consultant, musician, composer, and player of the “Kanun”, an instrument which has 75 strings and is in the same family of instruments as the harp. She is also founder and president of Southern Vermont Music Therapy organization.

Ron Smith, is a jazz musician, and educator, “saxophone”, “piano”,  “cello” and percussion player. Smith is also director of jazz programs & bands at Northfield Mount Hermon. He Studied Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music, and he studied Music Performance/Education at Tennessee State University.

Volkan Efe “Ud” player. Efe performed with various Turkish Music Ensembles in Washington, DC and Chicago before moving to Boston. He performs with Orkestra Marhaba and he is also a member of Cambridge Musiki Cemiyeti, where he studies various forms of Ottoman music as well as traditional instruments such as tanbur, kemençe and ney.

Tom Robertson, percussionist, folk dancer, singer. For many years, he has played and sung  with Mary Cay Brass’s River singers. He also plays international folk dance music with the international music club in Arlington, MA. Recently he performed at the New England folk festival in Mansfield, MA.


1-  Yemeni Baglamis (Turkish folk song)

2- Sultaniyegah Sirto by Sadi Isilay ( Classical Turkish music)

3- Nihavent Mini Pesrev by Sadettib Arel (Classical Turkish music)

4- Nihavent Longa  by Kemani Kevser Hanim , 1887 (Classical Turkish music)

5- Dugun Evinde by Sadettin Arel (Clasical Turkish music)

6- Birds Awaking  by Ayla Clark

7- Saza Niye Gelmedin (Turkish folk song)

8- Havanagila (Jewish folk song)

9- Liber Tango by Astor Piazzolla

10- Misirlou (Egypten girl) by Nicholas Roubanis

11- Desert Dance (Col dansi)  Turkish folk dance piece)

12- Halay, traditional Turkish dance piece








July 21, 2018
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Brattleboro Music Center
72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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  • BMC Bravo SocietyThe Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help from November 2018 through April 2019:
    Carol Barber, Orion Barber, Rick Barron, Gussie Bartlett, Karen Becker, Mara Berkley, Robert Bonneau, Crager Boardman, Tim Callahan, Terry Carter, Walter Cramer, Charles Crowther, Maisie Crowther, Becky Eisenhandler, Judy Fink, Roberta Flatley, Rob Freeberg, Caleb Fritz, Clara Fritz, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Don Grybko, Sophie Hannah, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Francis Hebert, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Claudia Jacobs, Jonah Johnson, Stephen Lloyd, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Cecil Maxfield, Steve Minken, Keith Murphy, Ralph Palmer, Guy Payne, Ellen Peters, Virginia Pick, Jon Potter, Jaki Reis, Camille Robertson, Laura Robertson, Monique Shurman, Paul Eric Smith, Becky Tracy, Melissa Trainor, Riis Whitworth, Betsy Willams, Laura Bryant Williams, Pete Wilson and Lani Wright. Also included…the BMC Flute Choir (Robin Matathias: Conductor, Ellen Chornoboy, Jane Olmstead, Amanda Paradis, Shelley Sparks, Caitlin Sullivan, and Lynn Valente) and Gowan Brae (Bruce Frank, Karen Frank Bob Naess, Antje Ruppert, and Alison Schantz)

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523