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Programs/Services

OUR PROGRAMS:

“All Abilities Rock” – Community music workshops, adaptive music education/mentorship, and sensory-friendly concerts for children and adults with disabilities or special needs

“Play It Forward” – A cooperative effort to offer donated musical instruments, music scholarships, and mentorship to low-income or at-risk individuals who commit, in return, to donate their time and talent to someone in need

“Feeding The Soul” – A series of musical performances and engagement at hospitals, nursing homes, memory care, VA Centers, rehabilitative centers, hospice care, homeless shelters, etc.

SERVICES:

Financial assistance and referral to music therapy sessions from a Board-certified Music Therapist

 

To Apply for Services or Item, please download:

MMMF Application for Services or Item

 

 

WHY MUSIC AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? 

Physiologically, music has a powerful effect.  Its energy instantly changes the biorhythm of neurons in the mind and body, organizing neurological impulses.  Music has been scientifically proven to increase endorphins and serotonin levels as well as decrease cortisol levels.  It balances brain waves, equilibrium, heart rate, and blood pressure.  It can control mood and temperament.  It enhances learning ability, motor coordination, memory, immune systems, endurance, coping, motivation, and productivity.  It has been used as therapy for stroke and brain injury victims, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s sufferers, Epilepsy, Autism, developmental disabilities, and issues such as PTSD, depression and grief.  Music, as a memory muscle, has been proven to trigger the development and recovery of language, connection and emotion.  Dr. Oliver Sacks (“Awakenings” and “Musicophelia: Tales of Music and the Brain”) reported that patients with neurological disorders who cannot talk or move are often able to sing, and sometimes even dance, to music.

Darwin wrote that music evolved as a social connection and helped develop language.  It is a basic natural instinct at birth.  It has been used to document and preserve cultures and events in history.  It educates and creates understanding.  Music can connect the world with one song.  But more importantly, it has been used to make us better.  Ancient Egyptians believed that music could heal and purify souls.  Ancient Greeks believed it could heal bodies.  For centuries, music has been embraced as a means to heal the mentally ill.  Music therapy was officially adapted in modern times as a medical practice after WWI when V.A. hospitals noticed a substantial boost in spirit and recovery, both physically and emotionally, when music was present.  There is no doubt that the effects are powerful.

Speaking to the power of music, it is hands-down one of the greatest resources in life.  It is an Art and a Science.  It can transport one into an altered state of being.  Just a few notes of a song can immediately spark emotion and mood, and take you back to a specific moment in place and time.  It moves and inspires.  It can calm the beast in all of us or it can ignite creativity.  It can allow us to release emotion and speak the unspoken.  It has been the voice of a generation and a synonymous chant of a movement.  It teaches.  It is a ceremonious tool to celebrate, grieve, and show appreciation.  It has served as a form of spiritual praise and has transformed souls.  It has given meaning and substance to many.  It can bond people to one another regardless of differences.  It is a universal language that has no boundaries.  It can make you feel a part of something bigger than yourself.

Imagine how one song changed your life or got you through a tough time.  Think about how music has shaped your life and relationships.  Now consider how it has affected the rest of the world and the importance of its role in our survival.  Music is something we must preserve and nurture, but most of all, it is something we must continue to hold sacred and use in a positive way.  Let’s spread that power to give hope, health, and happiness to one another!

Clinically Proven Results Include:

  • Recovery of speech, memory, and motor coordination for victims of stroke or brain injuries
  • Memory connection and mood stabilization for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Healing progression for Cancer and life altering diseases
  • Improved communication, regulation, cognitive, emotional and behavioral skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders/ ADHD/ OCD/ Sensory Processing Disorder /Down’s Syndrome/developmental challenges
  • Restored purpose, hope, strength, connection, relief and discipline for those fighting physical or substance abuse, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, depression, stress, grief, anxiety, or low self-esteem
  • Connective neural coordination for Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, stutter, stammers, and tics

 

We believe in both the medical practice of Board-certified music therapy as well as the use of music in a therapeutic way such as adaptive music education, live performances, experiences, and music access in the community.  They are two very different approaches and each has life-changing benefits depending on the situation and need.  To learn what the medical practice of music therapy is and how it is used, visit https://www.musictherapy.org

 

Here are a few videos and articles related to the power of music:

http://www.musictherapy.org/events/media/

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords recovers speech through music therapy

Dr. Oliver Sacks speaking on music therapy

Article from Science Daily about how music affects the brain

Article from Science Daily about the benefits of music with Cancer patients

http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/MindBodyandSpirit/music-therapy

Article from Neuroscience News on how music enhances learning

Article on benefits of music with Autism

http://www.musicempowersfoundation.org/why-music.html

 

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