Brain Development Program for children <ul><li>The hand is an external depiction of the brain Kant </li></ul>Toronto, 2010
<ul><li>and I would like to introduce my program to you that is called The Brain Development Program for Children. </li></ul><ul><li>Being an active learner and instructor, I take part in the International Association of the Percussion Arts or </li></ul><ul><li>PAS (Percussive ART society) as well as international educational programs : </li></ul><ul><li>VicFirth </li></ul><ul><li>Hudson Music </li></ul><ul><li>Evans “The Lesson room” </li></ul>Let me introduce myself. My name is Maksym Deomin I am a professional drum player and have spent most of my life playing the drums. Playing the drums, just like any other instrument contributes the continuous development and progression of a personal skill level.
I hold the certification of an International Grade Instructor granted to me by the globally known companies VicFirth and WizDom Media Publishers
<ul><li>*according to the results of a polls taken in the “Modern Drummer” Magazine, Dominic Famularo was awarded the title of the Best Drum clinician and teacher. </li></ul>For the development and progression of my professional status, for the past 2 years, I have been visiting the studio of Dominic Famularo* ( www.domfamularo.com ) where we collaborate on publishing my book “Paradiddle concept”. This is a text book that is a logical sequel to the book series that was published during the years 1935-1960, with a focus on techniques that were discovered around 100 years ago and were considered a “secret” for a long time. My textbook will uncover new horizons in playing the drums. This book is meant for use in music schools, music conservatories, and by professional musicians who wish to advance their skills.
Throughout my professional career I have worked with renowned orchestras and many musicians and musical ensembles from Ukraine, Italy, Germany, and Canada. In 2005 I was invited to work for a group in “Sheraton Cadwell Group of music professionals” that consisted of 6 differently styled orchestras: (Toronto, Canada) http://www.sheratoncadwell.com <ul><li>Toronto Starlight Orchestra </li></ul><ul><li>Wyndham Regency Orchestra </li></ul><ul><li>Philips Westin Orchestra </li></ul><ul><li>Orchestra Copacabana </li></ul><ul><li>Casablanca Orchestra </li></ul><ul><li>Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra </li></ul>
In parallel with my work at the Orchestras, since 2006, I have been teaching at several music schools in Toronto, including “Weston Music School” http://www.westonmusicschool.com Aside from teaching I do session work for recording studios and perform in concerts.
Since 2009 I have been fruitfully collaborating with “Blaisdale Montessori School” teaching a program developed by me called The Brain Development Program for children ( http:// www.blaisdale.com ). My program is widely used and popular among the school’s parents and students.
Program Information: Drum playing is fascinating and attention-grabbing. Having studied the theory of ART of the modern drum set performance and having had extensive practical experience, as well as observing my own students, I have gradually came to the conclusion that learning that is based on independent coordination highly stimulates brain activity in children. This program is supported by the study results of scientists: Dr. E . Glenn Shallenberg at the University of Toronto N . А . Bernshtein (1896—1966) — A distinguished scholar with a worldwide known name, the founder of a new area in science he modestly called “ physiology of activity ” Neurologist Barry Bittman of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pennsylvania
According to the study by E. Glenn Shallenberg at the University of Toronto, IQ test scores of 6-year-old children significantly improved after receiving drum lessons. Shallenberg recruited a group of 144 six (6) year olds and separated them into 4 groups: those receiving drum lessons, voice lessons, drama lessons and no lessons. Children receiving the drum lessons showed significant improvement in their IQ tests, gaining an average of 7 IQ points. Meanwhile, children receiving voice lessons increased 6 points, those receiving drama lessons increased 5 points and children receiving no lessons improved 4 points. In his article in Psychological Science, Shallenberg concluded that musical training, in particular, was responsible for the extra IQ points.
Further research brought N.A. Bernshtein to the hypothesis that movement construction of varying degrees of difficulty requires “commands” to be given on hierarchically differing levels of the nervous system. ( “On Bravery and its Development” N.A. Bernshtein). N.A. Bernshtein proved that for the purpose of performing a physical movement, the brain not only sends a specific command to the muscles but also receives signals from the peripheral organs of the achieved results. Furthermore, the brain uses these results to adjust and correct the movement using subsequent commands, based on these results. This becomes the process of movement building, where the brain and the peripheral nervous system send messages back and forth.
American Scientist, Barry Bittman, in one of his studies, demonstrated that a jointly executed rhythmic music, positively affects our physiology, and regulates our hormonal balance. More importantly, it was evident that cell activity particularly that involved in killing viruses, bacteria, and cancerous growths was increased. This fact has already been known; killer cell activity decreases under the conditions of chronic stress and increases with positive emotions, laughter, and physical exercise. However, he was the first one to prove that the mere sense of bonding with other people, through music, can affect the immune system largely the same way. Blood work results have shown that after only a one hour session of drumming there is an elimination of hormonal stress reactions and an increase in the natural killer-cell activity. ( Bittman , Birk , Felten , Vestengrad , Siminton , Pappas , Nainhauzer , 2001 «Alternative Therapies» Part 7, number 1)
About the exercises <ul><li>A child’s brain is in his/her fingertips. V . Suholmlinsky </li></ul>In the essence of an exercise there is a seeded rudimental concept, which is to improve the coordination and skills of musicians that play the drums. Given that modern drum and percussion sets are a combination of various different drumming instruments, musicians are required to have specific coordination skills and a simultaneous independent use of arms and legs. In conjunction with these exercises vision is also involved (note reading) as well as hearing which is used to control the accuracy of own and group’s execution. Depending on the amount of practice, and independent of the use of hands and feet, the extremities are also incorporated in playing. In time, one is able to develop two, three and four sided coordination. With focused practice, one may also achieve four sided independence where each hand and foot is playing a different rhythm.
The program is based on high-level challenging coordination and rhythmic exercises including two, three, and four sided independencies, reading of linear and non-linear exercises that are presented in an engaging and interesting way. This compilation of exercises is intended for ensemble playing on drums. <ul><ul><li>These exercises are recommended for groups from 5-10 students and the following three age groups: 4-5, 6-8, 9-11. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons are also offered in English. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The hand is the superior instrument of all Aristotle </li></ul>
Testimonials: <ul><li>The Hand Is The Tool To The Mind . We should never give to the brain more than we give to the hand . Maria Montessori </li></ul>I and the parents of the students who visit Maksym Deomin’s classes are very pleased with the results of his work. Children’s brain activity and coordination has increased, and we have noticed remarkable improvements in the children’s performance in other school subjects. Furthermore, children’s social skills have shown a dramatic improvement. Heather Wilson Principal “ Blaisdale Montessori Schools” Toronto My daughter, Tatyana, age 7, is one of Maksym Deomin’s many students and has been taking lessons with him for 5 months and we could not be happier with the results. Tatyana’s attention and concentration has increased and coordination of movement has improved. These changes are very important to us since Tatyana is a dancer. Furthermore, Tatyana’s grades have improved and she’s started exhibiting more positive thinking and adapting better in social situations. Marina Morsh . Toronto My daughter, Evelyn, 7 years old, has been in Maksym Deomin’s Program (The Brain Development Program for Children) for 6 months. The changes I have seen in my daughter have surpassed my expectations. All of my daughter’s grades have improved from B’s to A’s. Her attention, concentration and analytical skills have all increased, in fact, her math teacher even asked if Evelyn has a math tutor, but she doesn’t. All of these improvements can be attributed to what she is learning in Maksym Deomin’s Program. Alexandra Reznik. Toronto Canada
<ul><li>All class materials and equipment will be provided by me (i.e. Practice pad, pad stand, Drum sticks). </li></ul><ul><li>A free Master class will be provided to all students who wish to get more information and demonstration. The ideal setting for these classes is a large and spacious room such as a gym or a school assembly hall. </li></ul>
<ul><li>www.maksymdeomin.com </li></ul><ul><li>I will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have, and I will contact you at any time that is convenient for you. </li></ul><ul><li>maksymdeomin @ h otmail.com </li></ul>