Happy new week, everyone! We've put together a collection of interesting music and music therapy stories from around the web to get your week kicked off.
Check out this fascinating story from CNN's Elizabeth Landau about how music changes your brain. From the story:
"I think there's enough evidence to say that musical experience, musical exposure, musical training, all of those things change your brain," says Dr. Charles Limb, associate professor of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins University. "It allows you to think in a way that you used to not think, and it also trains a lot of other cognitive facilities that have nothing to do with music."
Pretty amazing stuff, but things regular readers of this blog should already know!
Watch this powerful video from our colleague Tim Ringgold, given at a TedX event.
Wow. What a powerful story. Tim is a fantastic music therapist, and after watching that video, I'm sure you can see why.
I shared this on our Facebook a few week back, but it's just too cool not to share again. I spent a little time making instruments last Summer, and seeing these kids make these instruments out of found objects is just incredible. Have you seen this documentary? Share your thoughts in the comments!
If you missed our post on Friday, there is some important legislation moving through Georgia. Ava's Law (HB 309) will require insurance companies to cover autism as a neurologic disorder and help pay for necessary treatments for individuals with autism. Currently, the law states that companies that cover neurologic disorders MUST cover autism...unless that have written in the policy that autism is excluded. Ava's Law will make it so insurance companies can no longer exclude autism from this coverage. As many families choose insurance plans before they know their child has autism, this is an important piece of legislation that will help countless Georgia families, encouraging them to stay in our great state, and even encourage doctors, therapists, and other professionals who provide support to individuals with autism to come and stay in Georgia! Not only will we provide needed support to families affected by autism, but we'll create quality jobs! You can support Ava's Law by clicking the link above, and calling key law makers to ask them to support this bill.
Our performing arts class, "Any Dream Will Do" is putting on a show! If you're interested in being a part of this class next Fall, come out to the show and see what it's all about! The show will be held at the Red Door Playhouse in Roswell, GA on Saturday, May 4th at 7:00PM. We'll see you there!
Interested in music therapy, but don't know where to start? Let's talk!