“The Music & Movement class brings a lot of joy to our senior residents. It’s great for their well-being; mind, body, & spirit. They get physical exercise, singing out their hearts and souls, and music to uplift their spirits. Your selection of music really resonates with the residents. They have a great time!”
Jacqueline Losee/New Windsor Country Inn
“Thank you for participating in this year’s Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State Conference “IMAGINE.” Our goal for the Annual Conference is to provide learning and networking opportunities for staff, consumers, and family members, focusing on new and innovative ideas, creative strategies and best practice models. Your presentation certainly helped us to achieve that goal. The evaluations we received from your session, “Zylofone – Why Is It Spelled Like That?” were excellent. Participants especially enjoyed the hands on, interactive nature of the presentation and commented on how passionate you were as the presenter. They also noted that this program should be in all schools for all children!”
Debra A. Williams – Cerebral Palsy Associations 2017
“Our family is so appreciative and grateful to Zylofone. Our son Eric has participated in the Zylofone musical workshops for the past two years. This past Fall -2014 Eric became “Benny The Beagle”. In the Zylofone performance of ARF! The practices and performance gave Eric an opportunity to learn lines, rehearse, practice lines, understand a script, work with a wonderful crew, become confidant and experience performance on stage and more……. In addition, Jason-his older Brother was Eric’s dedicated Mentor which was a unique and gratifying experience for both of them. During the actual performance Jason was able to help coach and redirect Eric steering him from a possible meltdown and together they shined on stage! We thank the wonderful folks/volunteers/mentors and friends we embrace as our Zylofone family. Thanks to these experiences Eric was able to perform in the second grade concert today with pride, a big smile, and he successfully did the show movements too! It was magical. Today, Eric Orzell was just one of the second graders! No sensory concerns, no barriers! Just a wonderful boy proud to perform! We are a very proud family and look forward to future Zylofone opportunities!”
“My 11 year old daughter loves Zylofone! The classes have a strong sensory based approach along with lots of one to one interaction which works really well for her. They understand her needs and are able to really connect bringing out her joy through the beauty of music. I highly recommend Zylofone for all children on the spectrum, it is a very special program as unique as they are!”
“Our son Elijah attended his first 6-week session at Zylofone this Winter. When we bring Elijah to his small group class he RUNS excitedly from the car all the way to the door. Upon entering, Zylofone’s wonderful staff immediately attend to his toileting training and then bring him into a warm positive space filled with intriguing musical instruments, whereupon they then explore improvisation-ally within the structure of the session. We were particularly impressed by the individualized attention Elijah receives at Zylofone. Since beginning Zylofone our son no longer plugs his ears regularly (over stimulated by sound/hyper-sensitive) and eagerly greets and says goodbye to his new friends at Zylofone. We are looking forward to attending Zylofone for years to come and feel our sons natural musical inclinations and thus his communication skills will be enhanced and nourished by this very special place.”
“Everyone looks forward to days when they know they will take part in Zylofone. It offers a unique and fun way for our individuals with developmental disabilities to express themselves. The program is a benefit is ways which one may not even fully realize unless you see it for yourself. First off, the strength and joy you can feel from the individuals when you experience them singing an inspirational song warms your heart! But there is so much more to Zylofone! Zylofone creates a comfortable environment for everyone involved to encounter and utilize skills that are a necessary part of every day life. Socialization, public speaking, sharing, and self-expression are just some of the skills put to use while at this program. We always look forward to what ingenious ideas Debbie and her team will come up with next! We truly believe that given the opportunity, the outreach of Zylofone is limitless as to whom it could effect in the most positive of ways.”
Theresa Gaide – Club ATIAS and Club ASPIRE
“Zylofone is a unique program that defines harmony between those dealing with disabilities and the communities they live in. It fosters a love of music and performance and delivers confidence on every level. My son is so fortunate to be involved in such an exemplary group.
Aaron’s framed head shots hang from his bunk bed so he can remind himself of the great performances he has given. He feels accomplished and proud of himself. Zylofone set the stage for him and he is eagerly awaiting the announcement of their next production, as am I. There can never be enough praise for Zylofone!”
“ZYLOFONE is an organization offering creative opportunities for folks of all abilities! I am a very proud and dedicated parent of two marvelous boys. Jason is twelve an honor student who plays the cello, enjoys riding his bike, minecraft~computer gaming and playing with friends. Jason often described as an old soul. He is an incredible mentor to Eric, his nine year old brother. Eric is carefree, fun and funny! He enjoys the beach, camping, swimming, and is very fond of Jason! Eric works hard to be the very best student he can be. Eric is affected with autism. He also has three pages of touch sensitive food allergies. As a family this presents challenges daily especially in the community. Eric enrolled with ZYLOFONE five years ago. Eric enjoys music but has sound sensitivity. Participating with ZYLOFONE helped Eric manage his sensory challenges as well as improve his social skills and opportunities to increase his expressive language. He also practiced many life skills such as making choices, waiting his turn, asking for a turn, being a part of a group, working with a partner and more. Debbie Major-Founder and Maureen her sister have collaborated with other professional staff to contribute as mentors in the various programs ZYLOFONE offers. Mark Pugh-President known to the kids as “Mr. Mark”, has been a wonderful Male Role Model to all the children. In 2014 a professional theatre opportunity came our way. Eric was Benny the Beagle! A STAR role in “ARF!” A story of nine dogs with differences and how they learned to accept each other.
Jason was asked to participate as Eric’s direct mentor. As a parent, I am always seeking social groups welcoming SIBLINGS! ZYLOFONE embraces the WHOLE family. Jason was outstanding in his role and really helped Eric to be the very best actor he could be. In 2015 both boys participated in “SWAMPED”. Now, thanks to experience, growth, confidence, maturation, and quality leadership; Eric was able to participate independently. Jason joined this performance as the dragonfly and Eric was the Raccoon. It was truly magical. Throughout my years with ZYLOFONE I have had some times knowing my children best where I have expressed my opinions advocating small changes by way of suggestions. I always feel my words are heard. This organization pays close attention to details encouraging meaningful participation. I am very grateful for the leadership, creativity and collaboration with ZYLOFONE. The programs are valuable for folks of all ages and all abilities. I hope they are able to continue to grow and spread the greatness I know to be. Our ZYLOFONE friends have become our FAMILY! The Orzell family looks forward to our next creative ZYLOFONE endeavor.
Stacey B. Orzell-Proud Parent
It is our pleasure to support Zylofone, our family and our friends. Your dream is a great one and we are thrilled to see it as it is blossoms. You have all been such a great support to Emily and I. I have learned so much through you and Zylofone. Special needs was not in my life until I was given the honor of raising my sweet Emily who I like to refer to as Sunshine. Finding myself with a child who has special needs and being a wee *:) happy bit older than a typical parent I was kind of wondering if we could do and be okay. Through Zylofone we have been educated, supported and continually growing. Emily and I have made some awesome lifetime friends. We look forward to many more years supporting, being a part of and hanging out with our Zylofone Family. Love all of you!!!!”
Tammy & Emily
Debbie takes music and incorporates movement to create a magical hour that makes everyone happy. I see clients with Dementia that respond to Debbie and their whole face lights up. These clients who may not communicate well anymore will sing a song they remember from decades before and one can see it was a happy memory. Ms. Majors has a thorough understanding of who her audience is and can deliver a quality, creative program every time she comes, no matter what the weather is or the mood of the people. She has an innate sense of how people are feeling and can make them smile and laugh and more importantly feel good about themselves.
lllisa Lipkin – The Promenade