Mary believes that self-expression through music is a joyful and positive form of communication available to every individual regardless of previous experience. Mary’s love for the language of music and musical self expression and her belief in their potential for personal growth, enhancing creativity, fostering cooperative non-verbal communication and growing community have led her to expand her knowledge and experience with music improvisation and world music. Her goal is to create accessible and fun opportunities for others to discover, explore and learn about the world and more importantly, about themselves, through the exploration of world musical styles, ethnic instruments, and music improvisation. Mary’s teaching encapsulates Orff’s well-known quote: “Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.”
Mary Knysh is a professional musician, multi instrumentalist, recording artist, innovative workshop facilitator and educator. Mary is a certified Orff Schulwerk clinician and has presented at Orff conferences throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. She is an artist on the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts roster, Young Audiences of New Jersey, New York BOCES. Mary travels throughout the United States and Europe offering performances, workshops, and artist in residencies. Mary is the co- author of a the book, “BoomDoPA” that serves as a guidebook for facilitating ethnic influenced music improvisations activities with groups of any age and experience. Over the past twenty five years Mary has worked with a wide range of communities including educational, health care, and varied community groups.
Mary is a master teacher with the organization “Music for People” in both the United States and Switzerland. Music for People is an organization, under the artistic direction of cellist David Darling, that promotes self expression through music improvisation. Mary has studied a broad range of ethnic music traditions including African, Southern Indian, Caribbean, Indonesian, South American, and others. Mary’s performances and workshops are designed to help individuals recognize their own unique musical skills, enhance creativity, promote cooperative non-verbal communication and team building, and create a solid sense of community among participants.
“Drumming and Storytelling” DVD 2007, Mary’s resource materials include “BoomDoPa: A guide to Ethnic Influenced Music Improvisation” and “Rhythms All Around” CD/activity book combination.
Mary’s CD’s include “WalkAbout” 2004, “Rhythms All Around” 2005, “Sussurus” 2000, and “Heart Like A Feather” 1998.
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