Category Archives: Program Updates

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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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

From the article by Julie Muhlstein:

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Group therapy for seniors during a Music YoU HEAL session.

Music YoU HEAL Overview

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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

Veteran Art Exhibit to be hosted by the Music Project

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The Snohomish County Music Project welcomes visual artist Steven Markussen for a month-long veteran art exhibit from November 6 – November 30. This will culminate in an artist reception on November 20 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Northwest Music Hall, located inside the Everett Mall. The event will also feature a veteran jam band led by the Music Project’s music therapy director Karla Hawley. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

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This haunting exhibit, “Veteran”, will feature paintings and sculpture on the veteran experience returning home from war. A veteran himself, Steven Markussen brings his own unique insight into conflict, trauma, and recovery.

“The experience of war affects you forever,” Steven Markussen says of the exhibit. “[The Exhibit] looks at the lasting impact of war from a veteran’s perspective. Drawing from personal experience, [these] works add introspective layers to the broader conversation of veteran specific treatment and published documentation of the challenges veterans face after returning home.”

During the artist reception, a veteran jam band, part of a Music Project music therapy program for mature adults 55 and over will play. The band features guitar, bass, drums, violin, and keyboard and will play classic rock of the 60s and 70s. Speaking of the jam band, Karla Hawley, MT-BC, M.Ed., said: “This is a perfect example of community supporting community.” The group is free to join and open to all interested veterans. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am at the Northwest Music Hall.

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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