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Creating Calm was commissioned by the Mindful Music Association (MMA) to provide college educators with the tools helpful in introducing mindfulness practices to future primary and secondary school music educators. Teachers currently working in the field will also find this work useful.

The MMA believes that developing a mindfulness practice in the classroom will enhance both general and music education experiences of students.

Creating Calm was written by esteemed music educators, Dr. Steven G. Estrella and Ms. Carol Carstensen in the form of Ten Mindful Music Activities. The Ten Mindful Music Activities track and support standards established by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Each of the Ten Mindful Music Activities should take just five minutes to complete.

Because The Mindful Music Association believes students and educators need just the right and most appropriate music to accompany their mindfulness practice, it has curated specially selected collections of recordings.

All the recordings for the Creating Calm: Ten Mindful Music Activities can be streamed for free at the links provided. All selections are culled from the MMA’s member compilation albums, Focus Zone and A Better Life. Special thanks to MMA’s Board members who helped in refining the final version of this text, including Meg Bowles, Andy Mitran, Al Jewer, and MMA intern, Denise Lopez.


Watch Dr. Steven Estrella and Carol Carstensen Present Creating Calm

About The Authors

Steven Estrella earned a Ph.D. in music education from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree in music composition from Claremont Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from Eckerd College. For ten years, Dr. Estrella served as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Computer and Media Services for Temple University’s Boyer College of Music. He was a founding member of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and for several years served as Vice-President of TI:ME. He owns Shearspire, Inc. and, providing Web and media development services to clients in education and business. He has completed large interactive media projects for clients such as the Berklee College of Music, the International Music Products Association, the International Association of Electronic Keyboard Manufacturers, Addison-Wesley Publishing, Comcast, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and Hal Leonard. Dr. Estrella is the author of three textbooks, two for web development and one in music theory. His current professional passion involves creating accessible software components for the web to help those with special needs make the most of internet resources. Each summer he teaches workshops to help music teachers use technology more effectively. Dr. Estrella learned to meditate in the mid-1980s to improve the quality of his sleep and memory. Today he is an enthusiastic proponent of mindful music, meditation, and storytelling to improve quality of life.

Carol Carstensen has been the Music Specialist at Safety Harbor Elementary School since 2005 where she has taught general music, band, Orff ensembles, video club, drama, and drumming ensembles. She has been teaching since 1995 and has taught all levels from K-12. Ms. Carstensen graduated from Appalachian State University with her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education. Ms. Carstensen has also studied Orff-Schulwerk at ASU, completing all three levels available and an extended class. She has also received certification in World Music Drumming Level 1, as well as TI:ME, the Technology for Music Education Level 1 & 2 Certification. She is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, President-Elect for the Tampa Bay Area Orff Chapter, Membership Advisor for the University of Tampa Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Chapter, member of the Tampa Bay SAI Alumni, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Florida Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators and the Pinellas County Music Educators Association. Ms. Carstensen has presented for the Florida Music Educators Association State Clinic-Conference, for the Tampa Bay Area Orff Chapter and for the Sigma Alpha Iota Fraternity as well as for Clearwater Christian College.


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