By Jim Gaven
Armed with the goal of helping others, Jim Gaven’s mission is to use the power of music to make you think of a good time in your life, make you feel good about yourself, and most of all, put a smile on your face. Quoted as saying, ‘I want to inspire you to do great things as I have been inspired. The fact that you can create something out of nothing and have it last forever is amazing to me.’ This is a true testament to the everlasting impact we can all have on each other, and Jim hopes to bring that kind of attitude to the forefront through his musical endeavors.
For the ‘typical’ person, it can sometimes be difficult to transition from one thing to another. This could mean transitioning from one activity to the next (IE: Arts and Crafts to lunch time), one day to the next (IE: Tuesday night into Wednesday morning), one month (IE: the next holiday, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, etc…), one season (IE: winter into spring) or one year to the next (IE: turning a new age from 5-6 years old). We are creatures of habit, and as we all know, a daily routine is key to being the best version of ourselves. The same thing goes for someone who has a developmental disability, and then some.
In my 10 years of being in the human services field, I’ve found that the more we prepare and make a plan for what we intend to do or hope to do next, the better off we are if something goes awry. Why? Because if we’re coming up with Plan A, we’ve most likely come up with a Plan B and C as well. The key is being able to adapt to a situation in real-time if things don’t go as planned in a calm, cool, and collected way. If we are able to do this successfully, we not only keep the situation under control for ourselves, but for those around us as well. This is one way I’ve built trust with those I’ve had the pleasure of serving and supporting over the years. And, it is the main reason why I’ve created music related activities to not only practice rhythm, melody, and harmony, but to practice how to deal with seemingly out-of-control chaotic situations so that when they do occur, they don’t just fly off the handle. Rather, they are able to take a deep breath, realize that ‘this too shall pass’ as most things are temporary in life, and then work their way through the difficult time with more ease and peace.
Speaking of which, I have a course available on Udemy called, “Transitioning Between Rhythms and Tempos” which takes this idea of transitioning between activities and occasions in life and brings it to actual music making at a basic rhythmic level:
https://www.udemy.com/course/transitioning-between-rhythms Just like this post, before I end an in-person or virtual individual/group session, I like to give those I am serving and supporting a heads up so as to not be surprised. Something to the effect of ‘This is the last song before I say goodbye. Thank you for letting me spend time with you today. It’s been so much fun! Looking forward to the next time we see each other.’ It’s phrases like this that make people feel comfortable knowing that what we’re doing is about to end, and that’s OK. Transition, transition, transition.
Links and Other Information:
To learn more about Jim and Key of Awesome Music, the business he founded, owns, and operates, which exists to improve the quality of life for those in a time of need, head to: www.keyofawesomemusic.com.
To follow and share Key of Awesome Music’s social media pages:
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @keyofawesomemusic (Free daily Facebook Live programs geared towards and children and those with developmental disabilities)
For more children’s books about alliterations as well as self-help/motivational books, head to: www.lulu.com/spotlight/jimgaven
For fun and educational content catered towards children and those with developmental disabilities:
https://www.udemy.com/user/james-edward-gaven/ (currently 5 courses)
To hear more original music of his, you can do so by going to:
Bandcamp (entire catalog): www.jimgaven.bandcamp.com
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