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Music Therapy for Adults with Disabilities

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Music therapy is a powerful tool for increasing the quality of life for many individuals including adults with disabilities. The Music Project partners with the Volunteers of America Western Washington Meaningful Day Program to provide music therapy for adults with disabilities in Everett, WA.

​The Meaningful Day Program aims to provide a safe, engaging and rewarding experience to people with development disabilities. The program empowers participants with opportunities to learn, stay active and socialize.

For adults with disabilities, music therapy helps develop self-awareness, social interaction, communication, and self-expression. Music therapists develop therapeutic interventions to best meet the needs of each participant. In turn, the most meaningful experience is possible.

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“I have worked with my individual for a few years now,” says Kayla Lowry, a program coordinator with Volunteers of America. “And, I have never seen him so vocal [as he’s usually nonverbal]. During music therapy, he says and points to what instruments he wants to hear. It has really been awesome to see.”

Are you interested in how music therapy can help you or your loved one? Schedule a consultation now. 

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Music Therapy for Veterans

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Finding Their Voice.

In partnership with Catholic Community Services, the Music Project provides music therapy services to formerly homeless veterans in Snohomish County. After receiving therapy services, veterans report feeling more hopeful and an increased sense of community with other participants. One participant added that “Tuesdays and Thursdays are starting to become his favorite days of the week.”

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Using a trauma-informed approach, the music therapists promote healthy pro-social skills, increased resilience, and developing consistent relationships. The program maintains a client-led initiative that allows veterans to develop self-advocacy skills.

​Programming includes opportunities for individualized adaptive music lessons as well as a community jam group. In the community setting, participants exercise their developing resiliency and self-expression skills.

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As a result, music therapy gives a voice to veterans who otherwise struggle to express themselves and/or process the trauma experienced inside and outside of their military service.

Are you interested in how music therapy can help you or your loved one? Schedule a consultation now. 

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Community-Based Memory Cafe

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On the 2nd Friday of each month, the Music Project hosts a community-based Memory Café for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. Participants enjoy this safe space while eating, making music, and connecting with each other.

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Board-certified music therapists focus on fostering relationships between caregivers and their loved ones, providing opportunities for reminiscing and social engagement. Over the past year, music therapist’s report significant friendships blooming as well as increased self-expression and quality of life for those affected by memory loss.

In addition to the Memory Café, on the 4th Friday of each month, the Music Project collaborates with The Everett Clinic to provide support during monthly medical appointments for those affected by memory loss. Programming includes a support group specifically for caregivers and music therapy activities specifically designed for participating individuals.

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With this community-based approach, bonds clearly develop and strengthen among caregivers and their clients. Participants demonstrate a sense of pride and autonomy during sessions as the music therapists offer opportunities for decision-making and choice. Client-led activities, such as songwriting, become catalysts for self-expression and validation.

For caregivers and their loved ones, both programs offer safe spaces to receive support and social engagement.

Are you interested in how music therapy can help you or your loved one? Schedule a consultation now.

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Music Therapy with Native Youth

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Trauma-Informed Approach.

A well-known longitudinal study called Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) provides information on the affects of common childhood traumas which guides our music therapists’ work with a trauma-informed approach. This allows them to authentically join with native students and families in the healing process and in increasing resiliency against past and present traumas.

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The effects of trauma often manifest as delays in the typical developmental progression through Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development. Therefore, during music therapy sessions, therapists work with students to meet their present needs and help them to move forward in their social and emotional development.
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In partnership with the native community, the local youth center, the Boys & Girls Club, and the public schools, the Music Project seeks to empower native youth and families.​​​​​​​

Are you interested in how music therapy can help you or your loved one? Schedule a consultation now.

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Celebrate World Austism Awareness Day with Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind

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Sunday, April 2nd at 3:00 PM: In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Xolie Morra will be speaking and performing with guitarist, Josh Tvrdy of the band “Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind,” at an event sponsored by the Snohomish County Music Project at the Northwest Music Hall located inside the Everett Mall.

Her band has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and so many more.  They’ve appeared on local shows like “New Day Northwest” and on the late-night stage of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“Her music is eclectic, mixing Xolie’s edgy vocals and moving melodic compositions, and touching people on multiple levels no matter what genre they prefer, though her music would best be described as a very classically approached Pop/Rock band with an Alternative Country root.”

Singer and songwriter Xolie Morra of the Seattle band “Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind”, is an active representative of the Autism community, speaking personally about her life with Asperger’s Syndrome. As an artist who is on the Autism Spectrum, Xolie Morra Cogley uses her music to help people understand and change their approach to Neuro-Diversity.  Xolie and the other members of her band have pushed their way past boundaries to inspire other artists with disabilities to do what they love.

In a musical performance and short talk, Xolie Morra shares a unique and likely for many a refreshing view of what it’s like to be a performer with Aspergers syndrome at TEDxRainer 2015.

Similarly, the Snohomish County Music Project’s board-certified music therapists help people work through their challenges by using music as an instrument of healing.  Their music therapy programs serve a diverse mix of people, including at-risk children and youth, seniors suffering with memory-related challenges, veterans with PTSD, as well as individuals with Autism.  The Snohomish County Music Project offers group and individual music therapy sessions provided by board-certified music therapists and is recognized as a music therapy resource by the organization, “Autism Speaks”.

The Snohomish County Music Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit using the power of music to inspire people to do good for themselves and their community. This includes free or reduced cost music therapy services for marginalized populations. More information is available online at: www.scMusicProject.org

Tickets are $10, available at the door or at http://xolie.bpt.me. The Northwest Music Hall is located inside the Everett Mall, near Macy’s. Directions and additional information about the venue can be found at www.nwMusicHall.org. Those interested in renting the Northwest Music Hall may find more information here.

Come experience the music, hear about services offered by the Snohomish County Music Project, and get to know Xolie and guitarist John Tvrdy of the band “Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind.”

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If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to help pay for music therapy to low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Benefit Concert featuring music from The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel

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Give the gift of music this holiday season by attending the Snohomish County Music Project’s First Annual Music Therapy Benefit Concert featuring musical selections from The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel.

Members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra will perform as the Sound Edge String Quartet on December 3rd with powerhouse vocalists Jimmie HerrodTamara Power Drutis of Phinney Estate, and Ian Williams of The Thoughts.

Join us for this unique classic music event taking place at the Northwest Music Hall in Everett, WA on December 3, 2016 . Doors open at 6:30PM. Early bird tickets are available for $40 through November 18, 2016. Regular admission tickets include hor d’oeuvres and one free drink for $50. VIP tickets include VIP seating, hor d’oeuvres and one free premium drink, and admittance to the Post-Event Soiree with Performer Meet & Greet for $100.

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From 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be a Reception and Silent Auction featuring violins that have been transformed into pieces of art by students in Everett High School’s AP Arts Class and a Custom Designed and Hand Crafted Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer donated for our Silent Auction by local artist, John Ellis, with Sunny Side Dulcimers.

The Snohomish County Music Project is a non-profit organization that provides Music Therapy Services to at-risk children and youth, veterans struggling with depression and PTSD, and seniors suffering from aging-related illnesses. By attending this Music Therapy Benefit Concert,  you’re not just enjoying the musical stylings of The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel – you’re helping us provide Free Music Therapy Services  for some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens who would not otherwise have access to these services.

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If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to help pay for music therapy to low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Music therapy as part of Music YoU HEAL for Seniors

Music Project shines in Senior Focus

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The Snohomish County Music Project was featured in Senior Focus for use of music therapy in treating dementia and other aging-related disorders. Take a look.

Published by Senior Services of Snohomish County, the article is part of intense interest in music therapy at the Music Project. During its initial pilot, the “Music as medicine” intiative ran in partnership with Quail Park of Lynnwood, a Memory Care Facility.

The music therapy services provided therein has helped dozens of seniors with individualized music interventions (or therapies). This one-on-one work with Music Therapy Director Karla Hawley, MT-BC, M.Ed., music therapist Victoria Fansler, and  interns, has yielded tremendous progress for seniors during the past year. Individual sessions prepare individuals for group therapy, which benefits the residents in unique ways: from vocalization to memory preservation.

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Classic Vinyl Fundraiser from SSSC and the Music Project

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A Classic Vinyl fundraiser is coming to Snohomish County! Senior Services of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Music Project are teaming up for a the Classic Vinyl: Rock Symphony Fundraiser on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Hosted at the Edward D Hansen Conference Center at Xfinity Arena, doors will open at 5:30 pm. The cost is $100 person or $850 for a table of 10. Dinner comes with a gourmet buffet of chicken cordon bleu, cedar-planked salmon, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, steamed carrots with dill butter, mixed green salad, and a choice of chocolate cake or cheesecake.

Be sure to RSVP by February 26, 2016 for the Classic Vinyl fundraiser.

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