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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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Journey Ahead in 2016

Year End Report and Journey Ahead for 2016

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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.
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Youth programs flourish in 2015, such as the Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra

Youth programs flourish in 2015

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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:
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Casino Road Keyboard Orchestra warms up

Casino Road Winter Recital a huge success

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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.
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Youth friends hang out and talk about choird

Senior and youth choirs start in January

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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 with iPod

Senior music therapy earns praise, restores hope

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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

Veteran Artist Reception

Veteran Artist Reception Unites Community

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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.
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Guitars at Snohomish County Music Project

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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