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Songs of Hope's new CD, "Homeward"

I have been fortunate to take part in the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery support organization, Songs of Hope.  SoH released a CD, "Homeward."  It's a collection of pieces by (mostly) Japanese composers, performed by eleven of the Songs of Hope artists. 

Songs of Hope CD



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Bach in the Subway Seattle

Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA

The day will sure to bring a special joy!  I will be taking part in the international project:  Bach in the Subway 2017.

As I imagine how this day might unfold, I can't stop smiling.  Bach can be heard everywhere in the city!  What an amazing day this is going to be!  I am so happy and excited to take part in an amazing global project, and I hope many of my international colleague will join in.  My wonderful students at Ballard High School and some of my devoted private students will be performing as well.  I will be performing as "Doctors in Resonance," a marimba Duo with Dr, Kendra McLean,



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Clinics can be designed as a lecture, or a hands-on class, or a combination of both instructional approaches.  My clinics tend to be more organic since I enjoy interacting with students, and providing instruction that responds to their interests and needs. Students are always encouraged to ask questions. 

Below are samples of clinics I offer.  They can be custom designed according to occasions and needs.

Mallet Games at ICPNA in Lima Peru

Clinics that are focused on increasing the natural/effective use of the body:


Mallet games as designed by Julie Spencer

"Marimba circle" --based on relaxation and the concept of Community Music (CM)

Clinics that are geared toward history:

History of the marimba (an overview)

History of the concert marimba

Use of Ghanaian Gyil

Use of Latin American marimbas in Guatemala and Mexico

Development of the concert marimba in Japan

Past Clinics offered:

June 2015 Tacoma, WA--Northwest Mallet Camp "Relaxation"

April 2015 Belingham, WA--Fifth Annual WWU/SJMEA Day of Percussion  "Relaxation"  "Mallet Games"

June 2013 Tacoma, WA--Northwest Mallet Camp  "Relaxation" "Mallet Games" "Brief History of the Marimba"

January 2013 Lima, Peru--Vibraciones  "Relaxation" "Mallet Games"