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Alfred Releases Drum Therapy, a Powerful Resource for Assisting Students with Disabilities

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Alfred Music Publishing, the leader in educational music publishing since 1922, is proud present Drum Therapy, an exciting breakthrough for drum instructors and special needs service providers that is written by Pat Gesualdo to teach both mainstream and special needs students the art of drumming.

Exploring Gesualdo’s revolutionary Drum Therapy® system used throughout the world in school, hospitals, community centers, rehabilitation facilities, day care treatment centers, and mental health center, this comprehensive resource contains material for the student/patient and the teacher/therapist. "This is the only book that is allowed to feature the breakthrough modalities of Drum Therapy. It is specifically designed for drum instructors, so they can help their special needs students develop physical and cognitive functioning," commented Gesauldo. This course covers numerous rhythms in a variety of musical styles, including rock, blues, jazz, and more. The included CD demonstrates all the examples in the book.

The Drum Therapy system is currently used in conjunction with the D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities) program, a non-profit organization that helps children and adults with Austism, Dyslexia, ADD, Tourette’s, Aspberger’s, ADHD, OCD, ODD, and other disabilities develop retention, coordination, self-esteem, and physical and cognitive functioning. “We need the D.A.D. program to help children with disabilities,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as he wished D.A.D. Program Founder/CEO Pat Gesualdo the best of luck, as the two spoke on a major radio station.

“I’m so excited to work with Alfred on this book. Drum Therapy provides proven techniques to help those with disabilities overcome their specific hurdles in a fun and enjoyable systematic approach,” continued Gesualdo. “My hope is that this resource and the D.A.D. program will not only help improve special needs students’ daily lives, but also introduce them to a lifelong enjoyment of making music.”

Drum Therapy is now available as a book and CD package for $16.99. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at alfred.com. For more information on the D.A.D. program, please visit dadprogram.org.