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Sarah's Progress on the One-handed Kalimba

(Mark Holdaway, November 2011) Through my work with Sarah, I have written out several songs in a numbers-based system. That system works, no matter how the kalimba is laid out. As this music comes through us as a gift of love, I make that music available for the Catania 6-Note as a free download. The video here shows Sarah playing "Wade in the Water", one of her favorite songs. INSERT VIDEO

Sound Journaling and the Sansula

(Kathryn Rambo, BC-MT, May, 2011) In this Kalimba Magic News article, Kathryn Rambo tells the story of how a woman, devastated by heartbreaking news, was able to deal with her emotions by sound journaling with her sansula.

AMTA conference presentation notes

(Mark Holdaway, Spring 2011) This March and April, Mark Holdaway traveled to GLR and NER to teach music therapists how to play the kalimba. These are his presentation notes from the two conferences.

Kalimba Music Therapy for Seniors

(Kathryn Rambo, BC-MT, Jan 2011) In the Kalimba Magic News article, Kathryn Rambo describes how a group of seniors learned Christmas songs on kalimbas with drums and assorted other percussion instruments and presented them to the audience at their assisted living facility. Mark, thank you for doing what you do, which has made it possible for these seniors, who believed they did not have a musical bone in their bodies, to experience their innate Musical Selves!

The Use of the Kalimba & Sansula in Music Therapy

(Rebecca Vaudreuil BM, NMT-F, 2010) "I published this toolbox training for music therapists through MusicWorx. As I use the kalimba and sansula A LOT in my music therapy practice, I wanted to dedicate a session plan to the therapeutic use of the kalimba and sansula."

Michelle and Her Kalimba Journey, Part 2

(Michelle Erfurt, MT-BC, July 2010) In her second Kalimba Magic News article, Michelle Erfurt describes her progress with the Catania 8-Note. In the end, I'm very pleased with what I've learned about the kalimba using The Best Ever Book of 8-Note Kalimba Music. It teaches the fundamentals of the kalimba to the novice musician and the music therapist. It also arms the music therapist with the tools to begin to use the kalimba as an accompanying instrument in session.

Gaining Perspective on Life Using the Kalimba

(Morri Namaste, MSW, July 2010) In this Kalimba Magic News article, Morri Namaste discusses using the kalimba as an alternative approach to therapy. When I became brave enough to bring my kalimba (a Hugh Tracey, to be sure) to the unit, well, magic happened. What we were looking for was appropriate self-expression and the kalimba was so non-threatening that anybody could give it a try.

A Music Therapist's Old Kalimbas Get New Life

(Mark Holdaway, June 2010) In this Kalimba Magic News article, Carolyn Koebel brings me several old unusable kalimbas... When she left, all were in great shape for making music. I love to rehabilitate old kalimbas!

Michelle and her Kalimba Journey, Part 1

(Michelle Erfurt, MT-BC, June 2010) This Kalimba Magic News article introduces Michelle Erfurt, a music therapist who has decided to learn the kalimba for use in her work. "Today, I'm playing Mark Holdaway's arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on the 8-Note Kalimba. You can view me doing this on YouTube".

Using the Kalimba in Music Therapy

(Mark Holdaway, March 2010) This Kalimba Magic News article looks at how several MTs use the kalimba in their work, featuring practical advice from: Rebecca Vaudreuil, NMT, MT-BC; Michael Plunkett NMT, MT-BC; Lynda Lyle, M.S., SPE-HSP; Barbara Rauer, PhD, NMT-F, MT-BC; Kathryn Rambo MT-BC; and a note on adaptive kalimba holders.

10 MT Populations That Benefit from the Kalimba

(Mark Holdaway, March 2010) This white paper lists ideas for using the kalimba with infants, gait support and regulation, people suffering from depression, brain injury patients, dialysis patients, autistic clients, teaching socialization skills to young children, elder musicians who are losing their physical abilities, the deaf, and developmentally delayed adults.

10 Easy Ways to Use the Kalimba in Music Therapy

(Mark Holdaway, March 2009) In this white paper Mark suggests different ways to use the kalimba in MT: as a rhythm instrument in a drum jam, as a chording instrument to support singing, games with similarly tuned kalimbas, games with differently tuned kalimbas, chordal 5-note kalimba choirs, client improvising on pentatonic kalimba while MT chords supportively on guitar, MT learning beautiful songs on kalimba (ie, for hospice), kalimba as a way for people of African descent to connect with their ancestry, playing kalimba in contact with client's body, using the kalimba to support improvised emotional vocal expressions, and guided meditations or story telling. INSERT VIDEO

Music Therapy with the Kalimba

(Mark Holdaway, Feb 2009) This Kalimba Magic News article presents the responses of several music therapists summarizing how they use the kalimba in their MT practice. Focus is on: deaf, blind, stories, relaxation, spirituality, speech and motor control.

My Own Uses of Kalimba in "Music Therapy"

(Mark Holdaway, Aug 2008) In this Kalimba Magic news article, Mark shares experiences using the kalimba with the developmentally delayed. "My friend Sarah only has full use of one of her hands, and I have set up an 8-note kalimba for her. Actually, the songs we've been playing have only used five or six notes, so we took two of the notes off-we can always put them on again later, but this simplification has helped a lot."

Mark Holdaway of Kalimba Magic is available to demonstrate and teach kalimba to music therapists around the US and Canada.

Mark's presentations are fun and lively, and his knowledge of several different types of kalimba is unsurpassed. Writes one participant: "I was enraptured! It was a totally magical experience." For more information, contact Mark.