Many of the students at Kagarama Primary School hike for miles to get to school every morning. Last night we walked home with one of the students, met her beautiful family, and returned with her early this morning. It was quite a hike and I’m grateful for all the kids helping me carry my belongings and singing songs with me on the two mile hike. The 700 students squeeze into a desk with their classmates, situate their books and listen intently when their teachers speak. I am so impressed with their tenacity and respect for their classmates as well as their instructors. Squeezing 90 students into one small classroom has forever altered my perspective on personal space! These students don’t have a choice about how close they are to one another within the classroom, but they handle the cramped setting with grace while constantly holding hands, hugging one another, and providing great affection towards one another.
Here are the kids taking a little break from their hard work to practice The Macarena!
Music Therapy Services of Portland is directed by board-certified music therapist, Angie Kopshy. Upon completion of her Master’s in Music from Boise State University, Angie returned to Portland to study music therapy at Marylhurst University. Music Therapy Services of Portland specializes on working with children on the autism spectrum. Angie is also a singer/songwriter with the band, Stoneface Honey.
Angie has been working closely with Mike Ricucci of Terra Rising Films. Terra Rising is currently traveling the world, in-production for a feature length documentary exploring the science and cultural impact of music as seen through music therapy.