Ahjay’s production music has been used in the award-winning documentary ‘Birds of a Feather’ by Working Edge Pictures which was a Silver Award Winner for the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards 2015 & an Official Selection for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2016.
Contact Ahjay for music for your next film and TV production!
Check you my latest blog post to Friendship Circle, where you can learn suggestions on how to use music to assist movement!
I work at the school for people who are blind or have low vision in New Zealand. As part of our music school weekend programme, I led a group that composed and recorded a song to celebrate international White Cane Day 2015.
Have a listen on the YouTube Link below. Enjoy!
My song “WFMT” has been chosen as the theme song for the World Federation of Music Therapy’s 30th anniversary celebrations. It’s an honour to be chosen to be part of this great event.
The song can be heard on the World Federation of Music (WFMT) website by clicking the link below:
Due to overwhelming requests for sheet music for the “Music Therapy Songs for Special Kids” album I have now published an e-book of the sheet music!
For each song you will find
- A description of the song intent and use.
- Lyrics Sheet.
- Guitar Chords & lyrics.
- A lead sheet which includes the melody, lyrics and chords.
- AND A simplified guitar chord version for songs that have complex chords.
The E-Book has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible and cater for the many amateur musicians in addition to music therapists who have requested the book.
The E-Book retails for only $10 through my website. Less than $1 per song!
Click this special link to purchase the book. Payment is made securely through Pay Pal. Please allow up to 24 hours for electronic delivery of the E-Book once payment has been made.
The CD “Music Therapy Songs for Special Kids” is currently on sale at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. All profits from the sale of the CDs bought at Raukatauri will go towards funding their music therapy services.
Click to find out more about the Centre
Bought at CD from Raukaturi? Welcome!
You can access your free copy of the lyrics on the Music Therapy Songs Page!
I’m excited to announce that my podcast with Rachel Rambach talking about music therapy has just been released online!
Listen to it at:
Have you tried using mainstream children’s music with kids with special needs? The music is usually too fast paced for the child to access and enjoy. Slowing down recordings is an option to make the music more accessible.
Here’s how you can do it for free!
Music recordings can be slowed down by using a program called “Audacity.” This free program can be downloaded from http://audacityteam.org/
Following are the instructions on how to slow down a song’s tempo.
- The first step is to rip the song from the CD onto your computer using software such as ITunes, alternately if you have an mp3 you can go straight ahead with step 2.
- Open up the Audacity program.
- Click on “File-Import-Audio” and select the song file.
- Once the file is open, select “Effect-Change Tempo.”
- In the “percentage change” box, type a number with a negative sign before it since we want to slow down the music. I would recommend starting with -15.
- Click the “Ok” button.
- Press the green play button on the top menu bar to hear the song at its reduced tempo.
- If you wish to change the tempo repeat steps 5, 6 and 7.
- Once you have the song at an appropriate tempo, to transfer this file out of Audacity, click, “File-Export”
- In the dialog box that opens select the location for the file to be saved to, add a file name and in the “Save As” type box, select the “mp3 Files” option.
- The file can now be opened on programs such as iTunes
The above instructions and link were correct at the time of writing this blog , however this may change as new versions of Audacity are released. However, the general principles would still be correct.
Over the years I have tried a range of instruments with the children with special needs. Today I want to share the “guitar-type” instruments that work best
Uke my Day
The humble Ukulele is the most appropriate “guitar-type” instrument for a child with special needs. Its small size makes it easier to bring it closer to the child. It also works well when the child is in a wheelchair since normal sized guitars tend to be blocked by the wheelchair handles. I usually tend to hold the ukulele with the strings facing the child and then assist them to strum the strings. To prevent the child grasping the strings, place his/her hand fingers on the top of the ukulele and gradually pull away the ukulele so that his/her fingers automatically strum the strings as its pulled away.
With young adults, the guitar is often an appealing option due to its coolness factor. However the ability to strum and fret the guitar simultaneously can often hamper progress. An option is to use open tunings. An open tuning is refers to tuning the strings of the guitar to a guitar chord. Strumming a guitar tuned to a open tuning would result in a pleasant sounding major chord, rather than the discordant sound of the standard tuning of a guitar. The most common open tuning is an “E Major chord” open tuning. To obtain this tuning, tune the guitar to the following pitches: Thickest to thinnest string: E, G#, E, G#, B, E. Google “Open-tuning” to learn more about this type of tuning.