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Work at the Snohomish County Music Project focuses on clients of all ages from all parts of the county. From seniors in Snohomish, to youth in South Everett, to children in Quil Ceda, the Music Project serves a diverse group of people. Each population has unique challenges. Since these groups vary so widely in age and location, our community partners don’t interact with each other often. Our partners are part of the community and deeply embedded. It makes for stronger relationships and sustainable support. Since these partners rarely interact with one another, the chance to hear how programming is positively influencing each population is rare. For this reason, the Music Project will release a year-end report in January.
Renovation of the Northwest Music Hall has made tremendous progress. As the Music Project grew, it needed a central site for music therapy programs and dedicated storage for instruments. It’s been a labor of love for all involved — and one made possible by supporters like you.
Youth programs flourished in 2015. The Snohomish County Music Project works with local community partners, to help identify, support, and nurture children in the community. Some of these partners are the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund and the Community Foundation of Snohomish County. Thanks to support from the community and individuals like you, programs have flourished. One example is the Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra, which doubled in size. However, that’s just one of many here at the Music Project. Programs include:
The Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra celebrated the end of their current quarter with a winter recital on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
The Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra program began in February 2014. It had just 15 children. Today, there are over 90 each week. The program has also expanded to include parents so that entire families can share the experience. At no cost to participants, this program is a thriving part of the Casino Road neighborhood.
Choirs for seniors and youth will start soon. The senior choir focuses on seniors and their loved ones. The youth choir is designed for both people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and peers, ages 17-22. More importantly, the focus is on creating lasting social experiences, strengthening community, and create a fun, safe space. Sign-ups are now open. Read More
Senior programs at the Snohomish County Music Project met warm praise this year. From completing a pilot study at Quail Park of Lynnwood to private music therapy services to the upcoming senior choirs, this year has been busy. It’s also just begun. We’re creating and expanding programs to meet people’s needs. One such population is seniors. Seniors helped build our community. Now, it’s time to help them. Read More
The Veteran Artist Reception on November 20 was a success. Attendees asked questions from the artist, Steven Markussen. His exhibit is currently displayed in the Northwest Music Hall lobby through the end of the month. Markussen also presented a video of the creation of his pieces. In it, he revealed insights on each piece. The exhibit is based off a 2012 VA report on veteran suicide.
The Everett Herald featured an article on the “Acoustic Armor” program. Part of the Snohomish County Music Project, this program works with veterans and mature adults. The group meets twice weekly in a “jam band” format, accompanied by individual music therapy sessions. Led by music therapy director Karla Hawley, the group will be performing Friday, November 20 at an Artist Reception from 6 PM – 8 PM. RSVP via Facebook. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.
If a veteran or mature adult you know has a connection with music, see if the Music Project can help by emailing info@scMusicProject.org.
Music YoU HEAL is a key program at the Snohomish County Music Project.
Music YoU HEAL uses music as a tool to help improve behavioral and emotional health outcomes for elderly populations suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other age related diseases. It also addresses mature adults and veterans with mood disorders. However, the focus here is on aging and memory. The musical tools and techniques of which stem from 50 years of evidence based clinical practice and research is known as Music Therapy. One reason Music YoU HEAL is aimed at seniors is because music is processed in all parts of the brain thus assisting cognition and emotional processing. Read More