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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.

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.”

Click here to buy your tickets now!

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.