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Music YoU-FEST 2019: More Than “Just” Music Lessons

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Music YoU-FEST is a free music therapy event that anyone can participate in. It’s for all ages and abilities and will be held at the Northwest Music Hall on Saturday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The four-hour event offers twelve therapeutic workshops where participants can learn how to do things like play a ukulele, write a song, explore new instruments, jam out, or learn how music contributes to mindfulness.

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7 ways to have a magical, musical day in Everett

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This celebration of the power of music and community is a free, inclusive, family-friendly event filled with workshops that lets you learn to play and tap into your musical creativity, no matter what your age or background.

“Music is such a universal language that it doesn’t have to require a lot of extra training or special education,” says Erica Lee, the Music Project’s program administrator. “You literally don’t have to speak the same language to participate in this event.”

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Music Project’s weekly jam session hits therapeutic notes

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There were solos on the box drums. A musical version of follow the leader. And a karaoke sing-along to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.”

“Ow!”

Welcome to Thursday evening at the Snohomish County Music Project.

A therapeutic group meets weekly at the Northwest Music Hall, inside the Everett Mall. The Music YoU-ROCK program is for teens and young adults with special needs.

“These guys are my life,” said Anthony Moore, 20. “I’m here enjoying it with my friends. The thing I like the most is the band. I have a lot of friends here.”

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Music YoU-ROCK Program in the Tulalip Community

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For one hour, every Monday evening, the Tulalip Youth Council board room is turned into a music studio where a live rock band rehearsal takes place. As you approach the building, you hear the sound of drum patterns increasing and decreasing in pace and volume, accompanied by small fits of laughter. In the middle of the youth council chambers was a small circle of young musicians banging out beats on large paint buckets. The band is so caught up in the moment and exuding so much joy that their smiles become extremely contagious and every four measures somebody ends up making the entire group crack up with just a grin.

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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.

Music Therapy Offers Healing to Tulalip-Marysville Community

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Oliver walked into a spare room of his school’s library wearing a visibly huge smile. As he took his seat, Music Therapist Victoria Fansler handed him a stack of cards. Each card displayed a cartoon making facial expressions with the corresponding emotion (i.e. happy or sad) written in text beneath the cartoon face. As his instructor retrieved her guitar from its case, Oliver examined the cards. Once he picked two cards out of the deck, Victoria began strumming her guitar to an interactive welcoming song between teacher and student, pausing only for Oliver to respond to questions within Victoria’s lyrics.

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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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Music Project spotlit for work with veterans, mature adults

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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.

From the article by Julie Muhlstein:

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Music Project work with Tulalip Tribes featured in Everett Herald

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The Snohomish County Music Project’s work with the Tulalip Tribes was featured in the Everett Herald on Wednesday, October 21.

What appeared to be a simple singalong was actually a program in music therapy, run by the Snohomish County Music Project, a local nonprofit, and paid for by the Tulalip Tribes.

It’s also one of several initiatives the tribes have undertaken in the past year to enhance the mental well-being of its members.

It all falls under the category of “trauma-informed care,” a theory and practice that allows communities that have been exposed to extreme trauma to find a way to recover and heal, and which often extends beyond the initial triggering incident.

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KING5 Coverage of Snohomish county Music Project's Music Therapy Program, Music as Medicine

KING5 features report on Alzheimer’s treatment and the SCMP

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KING5 News released a story Monday regarding the Snohomish County Music Project and Quail park’s partnership in delivering Alzheimer’s and aging-related disorder treatment to seniors. This pilot study began on June 3, 2014. Participants, on average, experienced positive outcomes on a range symptoms: memory recall, vocalization, mobility, and mood. The study consisted of two groups, each moving through different phases of individual music therapy sessions to group music therapy in common areas of the facility. See if you or a loved one would benefit from the Music as Medicine program, which was based on this work.