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Friday, April 27, 2012

New Outreach Program Offers Music Therapy

imageThe Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation is taking musical therapy to a new level with our new and innovative program, Hear the Music.

Hear the Music places licensed musical therapists with organizations that see the importance of music as therapy. Our new partnering with licensed music therapists and the American Music Therapy Association will be launched with one of our Atlanta partners, The George Center, founded by Jamie George, a licensed musical therapist.

We begin this extremely important crusade with GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta on May 1st 2012. GiGi’s Playhouses are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. Though The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation focuses on mental health we have NO problem stepping outside the box to work with GiGi’s, which serves children with Down syndrome. We believe in what they do for their children, and we understand the stigma they face. 

Hear the Music features various artists and/or licensed Music Therapists that will present concerts and interactive music programming to various facilities that want to add music therapy to their programming to work toward our effort to STOP STiGMA. If you know of any organizations that would benefit from this series locally in Atlanta, Cleveland, or Los Angeles, or if you are an artist that would like to be added to our roster, please contact: Dr. Moss-Bouldin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 877.272.5272.

Read about Andrea, one of our licensed therapists:
Andrea Johnson, MT-BC (The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc.) loves making music with people of all ages and abilities! She received a Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree from Georgia College and State University. She completed her internship with The Baldwin Life Enrichment Center and Creative Expressions Studio in Milledgeville, GA, working with adults with developmental disabilities. Andrea is a board certified music therapist and a licensed Kindermusik® Educator.  Andrea is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Music Therapy Association of Georgia. She performs as a cellist with various Atlanta area music organizations, including the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and is also proficient in piano, voice, and guitar.

What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.  Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.

Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. is committed to providing a creative approach to therapy by fostering an environment of fun and achievement. They provide individual and group music therapy services in the Metro Atlanta area. Their programs include adaptive music lessons, early intervention, Kindermusik, mental health support services, and therapeutic support of individualized goals.

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