“ Maria has presented workshops for us since 2006 and her work has been consistently well-received. Her subject matter is fascinating, timely, and pertinent to teachers with students of all developmental levels. It is rare to find such a unique melding of right and left brain thinking and teaching in an individual and even rarer to find someone who is able to impart her knowledge and approach to others. Teachers leaver her workshops exhilarated! „
Susan Miller Kotses
VP of Education, Pacific Symphony
“ On behalf of the Orange County Department of Education and Very Special Arts, I am writing to commend you for the excellent workshop you presented for us. It was beautifully articulated and provided techniques that the teachers can use daily in their classrooms. I can speak on behalf of the attendees that they were extremely pleased with your presentation. Thank you for bringing such valuable information to the teachers. We appreciate the time and talent you utilized in bringing us such an inspiring workshop. „
Very Special Arts Orange County
“ Maria helps everyone in the room feel validated and involved so that they can open themselves up to learning. „
Molly Buzick Pontin
Director of Education, Pacific Chorale
“ It [the drum circle] felt organic and human. You miss that often in classes and almost everywhere you go. You are facilitating connections, community and acceptance of inner self/inner rhythm. „
MA, Licensed Social Worker, Artist
“ Maria Simeone effectively breaks-down complex brain concepts so they are easy to understand and apply. She passionately and enthusiastically engages her participants and provides effective solutions for families affected by behavioral issues. „
MA, Professional Musician/Voice Teacher
“ Maria’s teacher workshop was the best we’ve ever had. She gets the challenges and knows what it’s like to be in the classroom. We all learned something practical and had a good time. „
Elementary Music Specialist
“ Thanks again for a fun and lively presentation! It is always a challenge to find presentations to get busy, tired moms out of the house at night. It was such a great turnout with wonderful energy in the room. I can honestly say that in the 2 years that I’ve been scheduling presentations, I’ve never had to ask people to leave at 10:15pm at night! Thank you for all your efforts! „
Program Director, OC Mother of Multiples
“ By tapping into the intricate connection of music, movement, mind and body, Maria is able to draw out and interpret what the rest of us fail to see. Maria can teach you how to bring a sense of balance and well-being to your children. If you have a chance to attend one of her classes, do it! Her methods work. „
CHEP Mentor Teacher
“ What I love about MusicMovestheBrain is that it inspires teachers to get kids out of their seats and into fun & EFFECTIVE learning. „
“ We have been in need of a curriculum such as MusicMovestheBrain for a long time. Love is what drives this program. „
Montessori teacher and author
“ Maria has put together a wonderful program that opens up a whole new avenue for integrating the learning process with music and movement that will raise IQ's. What a fun way to learn! „
Broadway Actor & Singer
“ MusicMovestheBrain is a creative, enriching experience for my children, my husband and me. It’s a fun bonding experience for the whole family. „
Mother of two
“ Beautiful experience. My daughter and I really enjoy ourselves. Very kind, friendly sense of community. „
Mother of three
“ This is an amazing experience of coming together in community. „
Mother of two
“ What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. Maria’s drum circle was health-filled and fun-filled! I loved every moment. „
Mother of two
“ It was awesome! I hope you can keep this going forever! I’ll keep coming. „
“ I think this class is fun and special. „
“ The tools you taught me really helped, both in singing and in daily life. I even taught my friends when we were on tour in Italy. It was fun & and made us ready to perform. Thanks for inspiring me. „
Watch this video to learn more about Flexity Jig!
Maria Simeone, parent, educator, advocate, author and creator of MusicMovestheBrain
On behalf of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Maria will be presenting the BrainDance at the 8th Annual Latina Conference/Conferencia Latina Anual de Alzheimer's on November 4th. Templo Calvario, 2501 West 5th St. Santa Ana, CA Evento gratuito.
Due to the earthquake in Morelos, Mexico the 1st International Congress for the Mexican Council for Cultural Diplomacy has been postponed. New date and location TBD https://www.facebook.com/consejomexicano/
Mindfulness in the Classroom Presentation with Dr. Lucy Vezzuto: Maria will be guest speaking at the OCDE May 14th at 4pm on the use of movement & music in mindfulness in our classrooms. Event is Free RSVP: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1250-138795
New Toddler and Kinder-Readiness Classes forming at OC Music and Dance in Irvine!
Early Education classes for toddlers to age 5, October 24-November 14th. To register: www.OCMusicDance.org
New Alzheimer's OC BrainDance Workshops in September -- For Loved Ones and Caretakers. To register: www.alzoc.org
REMO, INC. NEWS!
Maria Simeone has recently been named a REMO TEAM MEMBER and Flexity Jig is now a Remo Affiliate Program!
With Remo, Maria developed 3 Different Destress videos just for YOU:
Here you'll find interactive videos, lesson plans and related research using Flexity Jig voice and body movement and drumming with the Remo Drum Table with Comfort Sound Technology! Give it a try and share!
MOVE TO LEARN -- Ongoing private sessions with MTL trainer Maria Simeone, for parents and children. Maria is currently the ONLY MTL trainer in the USA! This is a wonderful Australian-based program designed to help children, teens, and adults with learning difficulties and behavioral challenges. Go to the Program & Classes tab above for more information. To check out her MTL link, go to: http://www.movetolearn.com.au/content/usa
PROJECT HOPE/PWOJE ESPWA
Maria is an active supporter of the Fi Ki Fo Program in Les Cayes, Haiti. This is a Girl Empowerment Program done in collaboration with the D.C. Non-Profit, Write to Be. Maria brings MusicMovesetheBrain programming in the form of creative dance, BrainDance, choreography skills, drumming, and music. She also provides free training to primary school teachers integrating the arts and trauma informed teaching to empower local teachers and administrators. For more information and to support Pwoje Espwa and Fi Ki Fo: