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"Our multicultural gong ensemble adds dimension to a workshop that promotes healing, self-confidence, creative play, teamwork and social skills."
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Welcome to "Joy of Gong & Sound Resonance" Children's Workshop

The "Joy of Gong & Sound Resonance" workshop is for children to attend and participate.  Our VAST sound therapists will demonstrate and provide instructions for each child so they can effectively play the sound healing instruments.  All our instructors are certified children yoga teachers, sound therapists, kids meditation teachers, and Reiki Masters with 10+ years of experience working with children.  We are also a nationally Registered Children's Yoga School (RCYS) with Yoga Alliance.

The children's sound workshop includes innovative playing techniques that promote the mind-body connection, the channeling of emotions to encourage productivity, the importance of breathwork, and the advantage of stepping out of one's comfort zone.  Besides plenty of instrument play time, the workshop entails having children becoming involved through mindful movement such as, easy-to-do yoga stretches – Kind Karma® Kids Yoga.  This will be balanced with attentive listening and observation skills.  Our VAST children's workshops are empowering, encouraging, creative and super fun.  

VAST uses a varied combination of instruments for each particular workshop.  The sound healing instruments of choice depend upon the workshop's intention, age group, traveling distance, and the physical room or space.  The particular instruments we use are easy to learn and play, have great therapeutic value and develop cultural awareness.  You don't have to be musically inclined or have any experience with instruments to participate in this workshop.  

The following sound healing instruments are incorporated:

  • Gongs.

  • Chimes.

  • Rainsticks.

  • Ocean drums. 

  • Nature Rattles.

  • Tibetan Singing Bowls.

  • Many other engaging instruments.

At VAST, we encourage each child to play individually, and collectively, the latter, fostering the development of social skills through group play and team building activities.  With lots of playing time, each child will experience and discover the numerous therapeutic benefits of sound, and how it's such a positive way to cope with big life changes and challenges. 

To promote a holistic and high vibrational way of living for children, the Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy has partnered with Kind Karma Kids Yoga, to publish high vibrational products for children.  Up to now, the collaboration has published a kids yoga book that emphasizes nature connectedness: "Kind Karma® Kids Yoga: Awaken Your Inner Shaman" and four posters: two yoga animal breathing exercise posters and two shape breathing exercise posters.  To further our commitment, in the near future, we will be publishing "Kind Karma® Yoga Cards for Kids."

Dr. Dean Telano, Founder of Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy (VAST)

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"The 'Joy of Gong & Sound Resonance' Workshop is fun, creative and engaging." 

VAST Joy of Gong & Sound Resonance
Workshop for Children

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Through this workshop, children will learn:
  • How to play the instruments and have fun.
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem and a sense of achievement.
  • How to relieve stress and calm the mind.
  • How to develop and explore creative outlets.
  • Empowerment. Individual and collective goal setting. Decision making.
  • Posture awareness.
  • Bilateral coordination.
  • Being respectful.
  • Concentration, focus and meditation, such as meditation in motion – SEL: self-awareness and mindful movement .
  • Emotional self-regulation through sound, vibration and instrument playing.
  • How to channel their energy.
  • Breathing Exercises.
  • Group work, teamwork and patience. Relationship skills. Social awareness.
  • About different cultures. Each instrument has a cultural history. 
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Benefits of "Joy of Gong & Sound Resonance" Workshop
  • Therapeutic, uplifting and fun for children!
  • Children love playing the Gong and other sound instruments and it's easy to learn!

  • Learning how to play the Gong and sound instruments fosters self confidence, boosts self-esteem and self compassion.

  • Releases stress, tension and anxiety.

  • Creates deep relaxation and clears and calms the mind.

  • Helps children to meditate, concentrate and focus.

  • Releases oxytocin - the hormone of happiness.

  • Breathing exercises are taught when playing.

  • Improves motor coordination skills.

  • Improves brain connections (neural and mental exercise).

  • Increases self control and patience.

  • Encourages independence when playing alone; and improves social skills, peer interaction and communication, teamwork and relationship building when playing together.

  • Gong playing is a creative outlet and encourages kids to express their creative abilities as it nurtures self-expression.

  • Provides self-regulation skills to face difficult or unsettling emotions, fears, grief or trauma.

  • Teaches perseverance and creates a sense of achievement.

  • Encourages the importance of music and sound, and introduces children to cultural diversity through the history of the Gong and other instruments.

  • Improves coordination.

  • Improves listening skills.

  • Promotes kindness and compassion towards others.

  • Studies in neuroscience show that music can enhance brain function in children.

  • Helps children get excited about learning.

  • Positive, fun and healing for children with special needs.

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"Gong playing is very easy to learn and so much fun to learn!" 
VAST Children's Workshop
"Joy of Gong & Song Resonance" 
With Dr. Dean Telano & Kind Karma Gongsters
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  • Duration: 1 and 15 minutes (includes a break).
  • Includes:
    • Gentle, easy-to-do yoga to prepare for gong playing.
    • Breathing exercises that are fun and therapeutic. 
Age Groups
  • 7-11 years old.
  • ​11-13 years old.
  • 13-18 years old.
  • $75: for studio members.
  • $125: For outside venues (depends on travel mileage).
  • Maximum number of kids: 18.
  • Minimum number of kids: 8.
To Schedule a Children's Sound Workshop, in Studio or at a Particular Venue
  • Contact Us.
  • Pre-registration is required for any child attending the sound workshop.
➤ Inquire about the discount offered to studio members.
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"We are empowering our youth for a positive, high vibration future." 


Roseanne C.

MY 10 year old son was struggling in school, not being able to focus, losing confidence in himself and becoming depressed.  I'm a big believer in holistic avenues first, before medications, so when I saw VAST "Children's Sound Workshop", and read the benefits of how the sound of instruments can help children, I decided to give it a try and register my son in the VAST: Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy.  After just a few workshops, my son's focus and concentration has improved, his grades have significantly improved and he has gained self confidence; thereby, much happier!  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Dr. Dean Telano and the Kind Karma Gongsters!

Alex P.

Highly recommend VAST "Children's Sound Workshop"!  Being a music teacher, I wanted my two girls (9 year old twins) to experience different sound instruments such as the gongs. Not only did they love playing the gongs and many other instruments, their listening skills improved, they became more relaxed, positive and had so much fun!  One of my girls has asthma and the breathing techniques that were taught has greatly helped her.  She now has less anxiety of not being able to breathe properly.  Thank you Dr. Dean Telano and the Kind Karma Gongsters. Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy is incredible!

Kaitlyn M.

A dear friend of mine recommended Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy's (VAST) Children's Sound Workshop for my special needs 7 year old son.  I was so surprised how much Dr. Dean Telano and the teachers helped him with focus, and lessened his anxiety.  Their methods not only included sound instruments, but also specific breathing techniques and yoga movements.  My son loved the yoga, especially the 'animal' yoga postures and the fun sounds that go along with them!  He has been able to better control his emotions and looks forward to coming to future workshops. Thank you, VAST and Dr. Dean Telano!

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