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Music YoU-FEST 2019

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Thank you to everyone that attended Music YoUFEST 2019! It was such a fun time be together. There were many smiles and special moments shared. What a wonderful day!

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After the event, staff highlights included making music together in workshops. Many people had wonderful and creative ideas! Also, the music performances represented a variety of cultures and traditions. It was beautiful to see how music gathered all parts of the community together.
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Lastly, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers! Your support made the day a success. As a result, we cannot say thank you enough.

Rocking Out with Heart

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When you enter the room, the feeling of community is clear. There are high fives, hugs, and many friendly hellos. Then, everyone chooses their instrument and gets ready to make music.

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A weekly program for teens and young adults, the Music YoUROCK supports building social skills and peer relationships. Participants have opportunities to explore a variety of instruments such as the guitar, drums, piano, and their voice. The program also offers participants opportunities to practice leadership and communication skills.

It’s a place for everyone to belong and make music. Drew, a program participant, says, “I love my group so much. Because it’s my heart. It’s good and helps me.” A sentiment echoed among many of the participants.

Music YoUROCK is eligible for coverage under DDA Respite Care.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.