The Black Coffee Trio

Yes, as of this morning’s early rehearsal, that’s our official name. We are very particular about the requirements for one to be a part of this group, an example being, well I’ll leave that for you to decide…….Preparations have begun for our upcoming concerts in October. We’ll be performing the Mendelssohn Trio at the University of La Verne on October 19th at 8:00 pm and at Cal State San Bernardino (date and time to be announced shortly). You can see us on The Black Coffee Trio page of this website and on the Violin Events page on Facebook. You can also read about us on our blogs:

Dr. Vernon Snyder, piano:

Benjamin Coyte, cello:

Dr. Danielle Cummins, violin: you found it

The Black Coffee Trio, Vernon Snyder, piano, Benjamin Coyte, cello, and Danielle Cummins, violin will be performing at the University of La Verne on October 19th at 8:00 pm in the Morgan Auditorium. We’ll be playing the amazing Mendelssohn Trio. See you there! Admission is free.


The Hardanger Fiddle

Just heard about this Norwegian instrument. It has nine strings, some of them sympathetic, which are tuned according to the various systems found in different regions of Norway. I thought these girls did an awesome job. Fun video.

Music Therapy

We are surrounded by frequencies, waves. Our bodies have five basic senses that receive these waves, these expressions of energy, and then respond in different ways. It even goes deeper than this because we are able to tell what types of invisible energy are coming to us. When we feel a very strong force, our bodies react in ways to protect us. If we do not push back with appropriate equal force, strong energy can often encourage symptoms related to stress. When we learn to respond properly to outward and inward forces, they can actually give us more power.

The field of music therapy has been growing in recent years. It’s easy to see how in every day life frequencies and sounds affect how our bodies feel. Think of a time when you heard someone talk with a slow, deep voice. How did your body feel? Now contrast that with the time you heard an auctioneer. How did you feel when you heard that voice? By matching certain frequencies with what our bodies need, we can actually create healing, empowering environments which have positive physical and mental effects.

Music therapy is a way we can harness specific frequencies to give our bodies what they are asking for at specific times. Here is an article that presents some of the basics about music therapy: