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As I was watching the news in early March, a piece about music and children with cerebral palsy caught my attention. A program called “In Harmony” had brought the music of the Fox Valley Symphony to the CP Center in Kimberly, WI.
“Music therapy is wonderful. We use it as a tool to help folks reach non-musical goals. Speech and language, movement, more social emotional goals…we use it to help facilitate those things” explains music therapist, Rachel Lofton.
‘It is amazing the effects on the clients when the listen to the live music. We have some clients who might be a bit agitated, may have a lot of anxiety… they really calm down, the smiles come out and its a really happy time,’ says Rebecca Kamenick, Site Manager for CP Fox Cities.The musicians are members of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, doing outreach to celebrate their 50th anniversary. ‘As part of that initiative we want to make sure we are reaching everyone in the Fox Valley, that we are truly the Fox Valley’s orchestra.’ The orchestra partnered with Expressive Therapies and Lawrence University to make the program a success.”
Click HERE to watch the news video and read more about the In Harmony program.
From an article in the Appleton Post Crescent:
“A quartet from the symphony played music for students at Madison Middle School, Appleton West High School and adults at the CP Center. The musicians visited each site, and conducted one-hour sessions for five weeks. They were led by Rachel Lofton, a music therapist at Expressive Therapies in Appleton, and were assisted by music education students from Lawrence University. ‘The program is modeled on an initiative launched in Madison, and is part of the symphony’s community outreach,’ said Oliver Zornow, community engagement manager for the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.”
“In Harmony” performances come with a price. The cost of running the 10-week program is $13,200. Expenses are covered through grants, including a $2,000 award from the Appleton Education Foundation.
What an excellent, positive and heart-warming use of grant monies and music. Music feeds the soul for everyone, but especially the children of the Fox Valley who were so richly affected by the “In Harmony” program.
Smiles all around…
Donations to the Fox Valley Symphony can be made at www.foxvalleysymphony.com.