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Tina Menchetti offered a drumming class this fall and she had many eager takers.

Students had the chance to travel to a drumming studio in the Amity section of Woodbridge, run by a program called Animal Assisted Therapy Programs, where Chapel Haven’s group learned to use drums as a way to reduce stress, enhance creativity, share self expression and have fun in a supportive environment.

Tina notes that sound “is comprised of vibrations and the root of vibrations is energy. Sound is a powerful intervention used to rebalance the body. Our students had a great time expressing themselves in this inaugural class.”

On hand at the culminating concert, held in Chapel Haven’s Outreach Center, was Chris Patella, founder and director of Animal Assisted Therapy Services, and Lydia Smith, a Certified Therapeutic Drumming Instructor & Early Childhood Music Specialist. Lydia is a life-long Connecticut resident who has been drumming all her life. She is a graduate of the Creative Arts Therapy Program at The New School in New York City. She holds a B.S. Degree in Liberal Studies (Music, Education, Psychology) from Southern Connecticut State University and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Post University. Lydia is a certified Remo’s HealthRHYTHMS Drum Circle Facilitator serving all populations, and conducts drum circles all over the state.

To see a photo album from the event, click here: Therapeutic Drumming Class