Sunday, February 27, 2011

Musical Therapy for Individuals with ADHD: Seminar



A Seminar-Workshop on

Music Therapy

on individuals with ad/hd

Christopher Franz A. Carandang, M.A. and

Ms. Marisa V. Marin, M.A.

Workshop Description:

How can music be used as a tool to heal ourselves and others? What is music therapy and how can it be helpful in dealing with individuals with AD/HD? Aside from focusing on these questions, this workshop will serve as an introduction to Music Therapy. Resource persons will share their experiences in using music to heal individuals of different ages and from different walks of life. This is an experiential workshop where participants will be asked to undergo a music listening activity. Participants are requested to bring art materials: papers, crayons, etc.

Resource Persons:

Christopher Franz A. Carandang is a practicing clinical psychologist for the MLAC Institute for Children and Families. He uses music to heal and connect with his various clients including those who have undergone trauma, cancer survivors, and those who have been diagnosed as having Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and depression. He is also the music therapist of C.R.I.B.S. Foundation New Beginnings Center in Marikina where he conducts group music therapy sessions for the abandoned and abused adolescents. Chris also teaches Psychology courses in U.P. Diliman. He also composes and performs his own music.

Marisa V. Marin received her Bachelor’s Degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1992 majored in psychology and minored in philosophy & religion. She later pursued her Masters Degree at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City focusing on Child & Family Psychology. In the year 2000, she got an excellent mark in defending her MA thesis entitled, Exploring the Use of Music Therapy for Filipino Autistic Children and graduated on the same year. For 4 years (1996-2000) she became the attending psychologist of the Hematology Unit of Children’s Medical Center Philippines or presently known as the Dr. Fe Del Mundo General Hospital, dealing mostly with patients with leukemia and their families. In 1998, she joined the team of psychologists of Dra. Honey Carandang which is now known as the MLAC Institute for Children and Families. She is the music therapist of C.R.I.B.S. Foundation New Beginning Center in Marikina where she conducts group music therapy sessions for the abandoned and abused adolescents. Her passion will always be her love for music that’s why playing the piano, listening to various music genre, singing and composing songs is an innate gift and healing which she is eternally grateful to God.

For more details, kindly call the AD/HD Secretariat office at 4268568, 09189079159 or 9273463.


(on or before March 11, 2011)

MEMBER: Pre-registration P 450.00 On-Site P 550.00

NON-MEMBER: Pre-registration P 550.00 On-Site P 650.00

...every individual with AD/HD
is understood, protected, cared for...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Maria Aragon - Filipino Canadian 10 year old singer sings Lady Gaga's Born This Way

During the 53rd Grammy Awards, Lady Gaga passed the red carpet inside an egg. I watched on television the moment the "Lady Gaga Egg" left the car until it reached Ryan Seacrest for the interview. Of course, the hosts of E! News were not able to interview Lady Gaga because well according to Lady Gaga's rep she is incubating inside the egg in preparation for a song she will perform for the 53rd Grammy Awards. That song was the song "Born This Way".

The first time I saw "Born This Way" is when my friend, Vocal Coach Rona, shared it via Facebook. The next day I saw an article that made me watch the song and listen to the lyrics again and again.

According to Yahoo! News, Lady Gaga's friend, Perez Hilton showed her the video of Maria Aragon, the 10-year old Filipino Canadian, singing Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way".

The full article can be read following this link:

When Lady Gaga heard Maria Aragon sing her song she was so delighted that when Maria Aragon and Lady Gaga talked during a radio show, Lady Gaga told Maria Aragon "Not only do you have such a beautiful voice and you are so joyful to watch but, every once in a while, whether people believe it or not, I have a very bad day. And I was not having such a good day. And when Perez (Hilton) sent me the video of you singing I was so overjoyed that I began to cry,"

These words brought tears to the very young heart of Maria Aragon. However, the good news does not end there. After singing the chorus of Lady Gaga's "Born this Way", Maria Aragon was invited by Lady Gaga to sing the same song with her in a duet for the latter's Toronto Concert this coming March 2011.

The teary eyed, Maria Aragon readily accepted the invitation. Finally, the radio talk show host thanked Lady Gaga for making this song so that little girls can be inspired to be like her. I was really surprised to agree with the talk show host this time.

Honestly, I was one of those people who thought that the weird outfits were just a way for this pop singer to get people's attention. I did not see the artist right away. I was distracted with the outside appearance of Lady Gaga. The next breakthrough I had with Lady Gaga was when I heard Glee's version of the song Poker face. I can now proudly say that is my favorite Lady Gaga song next to Born This Way.

Some of the comments of people who saw what Lady Gaga did for Maria John had the same feelings.

Frost20 said:
wasnt much of a fan of lady gaga but after watching this and seeing how nice and cool lady gaga is im like all on board..going to buy her cd for sure.

dammit, now I like lady gaga its a trick! ah screw it, shes a good singer :/

Most of all, the support of Filipinos are overwhelming. Several videos of Maria Aragon is shared in facebook. And the feelings of Filipinos were expressed similar to what futuready said:

"teary - eyed while watching this... proud to be a Filipino... you go girl!!!

Maria Aragon your such a great kid..."

To the rest of the kids out there, we hope that Maria Aragon serves as an inspiration for you to pursue what you want to do in life. Some people might think its just another music video in youtube but you'll never know who might be watching in this big world out there.

Born This Way (Lyrics)
by: Lady Gaga

[Intro]It doesn't matter if you love him,
Or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up'cause you were born this way, baby

Verse:My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars
She rolled my hair and put my lipstick onIn the glass of her boudoir
"There's nothin wrong with lovin who you are"
She said, "'cause he made you perfect, babe"
"So hold your head up girl and you'll go far,Listen to me when I say"

Chorus:I'm beautiful in my way'
Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way
Don't hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way

Ooo there ain't no other way
Baby I was born this way
Baby I was born this way
Ooo there ain't no other way
Baby, I was born this way
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way

Don't be a drag - just be a queen
Don't be a drag - just be a queen
Don't be a drag - just be a queen
Don't be!

Verse:Give yourself prudence
And love your friends
Subway kid, rejoice your truth
In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth
A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey)
I love my life I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe yah (love needs faith)

Repeat chorus + post-chorus

Bridge:Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi,Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to be brave

Repeat chorus

Outro/refrain:I was born this way hey!
I was born this way hey!
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way hey!

I was born this way hey!
I was born this way hey!
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way hey!