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Dr. Randall Alifano PhD Listens to the Beat of a Different Drum
Dr. Randall Alifano PhD has marched to the beat of a different drummer throughout his professional career. Over the last eight years Alifano expanded his practice and added to his life experience by helping to found Tandamanzi.
In 2002 Dr. Randall Alifano PhD met Barbara Borden and she became Dr. Alifano’s drumming teacher. In Barbara Dr. Randall Alifano found that playing Djembe could be an expression of spirituality both in the phrasing of rhythms and in the listening to what those rhythms generated.
Dr. Randall Alifano PhD met Ms. Borden as the result of their common calling as ministers of AIWP. They found common ground in shared beliefs and core among them was the approach to drumming from a spiritual perspective. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD had discovered that drumming, like counseling, could be a spiritual practice. While working with Barbara Borden, Dr. Randall Alifano not only advanced his technical skills but also was able to embrace the idea that by quieting his mind, a drum solo can flow naturally from a person as opposed to being played with technical expectation and intention.
Dr. Randall Alifano PhD also enjoys the collaborative nature of ensemble interaction. As a founding member of the drumming ensemble Tandamanzi, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD has been both challenged and fulfilled through the process of learning to be aware of six other musicians, appreciating their contributions and simultaneously playing his own Djembe.
For Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, this is soul work and it is deeply spiritual. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD reports that the challenge of hearing another’s story while also listening intently to one’s own intuitive wisdom presents the same challenge in both music and counseling. By listening in a more centered and quiet spirit, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD has found great happiness and is harvesting fresh perspectives on experiencing life.
For more information, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD can be contacted at 510.528.1201.
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In 1985, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD received a Master's degree in Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD completed his studies for a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1986.