Thanks to all who came to our Open House. “It was a pleasure meeting you and your families. I’ve been meaning to introduce Kirsten Bennett, our new music therapist, to the blog but I think it’s best if Kirsten introduces herself! From Kirsten: I am a graduate of Utah State University and recently completed my six month internship in music therapy at an at-risk youth residential facility close to Philadelphia, PA called Bethany Children’s Home. I loved working with the youth and have greatly expanded my hip-hop repertoire. Before that, I spent a year and a half living in Japan, and have perfected the art of eating with chopsticks. I am so excited to live in the Northwest with so many Japanese restaurants! I enjoy writing, hiking, camping, boating, learning, reading, and spending time with people. I especially enjoy spending time with my fiance, the love of my life. We will be married this month, and I look forward to all the new adventures that life has to offer. I am so excited to begin getting to know the community at Musicworks, and anxiously await making many new friends.” Kirsten will start sessions the week of October 18th with a new Social Group through Music beginning October 23rd for 6 – 10 year olds. The group will be an 8 week class. Research has shown that social groups are one of the most effective ways to work on communication skills and anyone who has ever played in a music group understands what an ideal medium music is for teaching communication. But more on that later. For now, let’s meet Kirsten!