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Push Play Sing provides anyone the opportunity to play music, regardless of their age or ability. We host mobile “Music Workshops” which consist of an assortment of electronic musical instruments, that are preprogrammed and harmonized to all be in the same key. This setup eliminates any “wrong notes” or disharmonic sounds from being played and gives participants the opportunity to express themselves and instantly play music. Our workshop format was specifically created for high need populations, including individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and also seniors with dementia. Since 2014, we’ve hosted over 400 music workshops and worked with over 500 individuals in these communities.

400+

workshops hosted

Keyboards, touch pads, synthesizers, and microphones help individuals musically express themselves. We encourage independent choice and meet everyone at their ability level.

 

500+

individuals served

We’ve worked in various schools, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. Most notably we’ve hosted workshops at UNC’s Children’s Hospital, Duke’s Center for Autism and Brain Development, and also at the NIH’s Conference for Music in the Community.

 
 

1000+

hours of recorded music

All of our workshops are recorded for participants so that they can hear the music they’ve created. This also gives them an opportunity to share their original songs with friends and family.

 

Our Team

 

 
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Berk Ozturk

Berk first conceptualized Push Play Sing as a high school student, where he was inspired by the musical talents of his peers with disabilities. After earning his Master's in Music Technology from NYU, Berk returned to North Carolina to bring his passion for music in the community to life. When not hosting Push Play Sing workshops, Berk writes original music as a producer and also enjoys riding his bike around Carrboro.

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Max Puhala

After writing an touring with original bands for over a decade, Max chose to step off the stage and hand his instruments to those in need. He mastered audio engineering as a studio producer in Durham, and brought that expertise to Push Play Sing. When not hosting workshops, Max teaches K-12 music and directs bucket drumming programs for at-risk youth.

 

Training & Consulting

Are you an EC Director, Teacher, Occupational Therapist, School Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, or even a parent? Wan’t to learn how to setup and host your own music workshop? Our Training & Consulting service was specifically designed for professionals working with high need populations. We specialize in customizing our music technology training packages around individual goals/IEP’s. We offer county wide training workshops for school districts, and one-on-ones for individual charter schools, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and school psychologists. If you are interested in learning more about our training workshops, please fill out the form below.

 

Get in Touch

Whether you’re interested in learning more about our programs or if you’re interested in scheduling a consulting/training session with us, we’d love to hear from you!

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