The Zahalon Geriatric Center provides music therapy services to three groups: patients with Alzheimer’s, patients who are bedridden (also called “tshushim”), and “normal” elders who live independently in the community and visit the Center a few times a week for social, therapeutic and learning purposes. One of the most successful projects at the Center, to date, has been a music therapy program with elderly individuals living in Jaffa. This group
The Afghan Children’s Songbook Project began in 2002 with a songbook of traditional Afghan children’s songs that had been collected in Afghanistan in the late 60’s. Keenly aware that Afghanistan had suffered almost two decades of war and the systematic eradication of all music, there was a fear that these children’s songs would be lost forever. Now, nine years later, with the involvement of an Afghan-owned graphic design and printing
Are artistic institutions shaped by their environment, or can institutions change and improve their environment This was the main issue that brought forth the La Alianza ArteSanturce, a comprehensive alliance of cultural and artistic institutions joined by the shared purpose of improving their economically depressed urban environments through the arts. Through the Innovation Lab’s support, this alliance and its members explore, identify, design and test innovative strategies to advance its
Founded in 2000, Arts For Healing is a unique, nurturing community-based center that enables individuals with learning and developmental disabilities to improve the quality of their lives through music and creative arts therapy. A not-for-profit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, Arts For Healing, serves special needs children, adolescents and adults, and their families, in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Using interactive and enriching artistic experiences, Arts For Healing seeks to enhance
Well beyond fostering children’s musical skills, the Bambini al Centro project aims at supporting and accompanying their overall developmental process. Since 1999, the project has operated in the suburbs of the north-east area of Rome, Italy, a problematic area of the city. Bambini al Centro is a complex system of services that aim at promoting the well-being of children ages zero to twelve. The project provides support for their parents
The original concept of “Being Together and Playing Together” was to offer a free, 8-week course for parents and their children, aged one to five. Each 75-minute session includes 30 minutes of musical play between parent/child and a 45-minute verbal parent support group. Sessions are led collaboratively by a music therapist and family therapist who offer a combination of non-directive clinical improvisation and verbal therapy. Children are encouraged to play
The BLESS THE MIC project is an ongoing project sponsored by Mi Prime Entertainment, an entertainment company that is committed to taking Ghanaian art to the global stage. Its mission is to promote art, music and culture based on a concrete Pan-African foundation. Over the past five years, some of the youth who participated in this program have become poets, musicians and dancers. The open-mic events, sponsored by BLESS THE
The not-for-profit organization to promote Community Music Therapy (Commuon), located in Sedai City, has two missions. One is to encourage the public to enjoy music more and the other is to provide the opportunity for people with and without disability to play music together. In Japan, opportunities to make music and enjoy live music performances are extremely limited. The general public rarely has an opportunity to experience interactive musical relationships.
Music is used to validate cultural preferences without censorship, share current music choices and sing perform them. Group work games are used to build relationships, create safety and minimize competition within the group. Collaborative listening and writing techniques are used to build lyrics and music lines, often using technology as well as acoustic and electric instruments, to facilitate full participation of all parties, regardless of music experience and technical skill.
The immediate inspiration to form Drums of Humanity came from two working trips to Kurdistan, Iraq in 2008 and 2009. It was observed that the combination of drumming and instrument making was a powerful resource for those in need of reconnecting with their own culture and of healing from the emotional trauma and physical loss that they had experienced over many years. More than 300 people in Iraq have participated