"Music therapy helps them in the fields of cognition, balance, neurodevelopment and, above all, it allows them to communicate better with other people”, said the accompanist of famous international soloists.
Almost by chance, Venezuelan musician and teacher Zulgui Medina Lanoy found a new way to make children with special needs in the United States happier, all thanks to a student with Down syndrome who asked her if she could teach him to play the violin.
“His mom asked me if we could try it and I said yes. My greatest satisfaction was that he learned everything in just five years, he performed in several concerts and played in my orchestra”, explained Zulgui Medina.
Then students with autism and visual impairments started coming to her classes. This gave her a new perspective on life, a new purpose that currently fills her soul.
“These are children from whom God may have taken something away, so to speak, but he offered them other gifts in exchange. They are very sensitive and transmit peace and love. Working with them fills my soul and they have taught me to be happy with very little”, added the violinist.
Zulgui Medina recalls that music stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain, an area that controls visual and sound capabilities, as well as feelings.
“For children with special needs, music helps them in the fields of cognition, balance, neurodevelopment and, above all, it allows them to communicate better with other people”, said the accompanist of renowned international soloists such as Huáscar Barradas (flute), William Molina, Alexis Cárdenas, Francisco Flores (trumpet), Julio Moreno (eclarinettist) and Gabriel Meneses (harmonica and piano), among others. In addition, she has worked as a violinist in recordings of songs and record productions.
She is currently promoting her music career as a soloist in South Florida and will soon found a school for children and the youth. In 2018 she founded the Giuseppe Molino Conde Violin Academy in Ecuador.
In her opinion, music helps children with special needs to improve their physical and mental health, helping their learning process and cognitive functions, also stimulating sensitivity, creativity, and imagination; as well as being an overall inclusive experience.
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