Remember back in the Fall when we told you about that documentary about music therapy? It's still happening!
The good folks at Terra Rising Records are hard at work on the project, and are getting ready to hit the road again for another tour of the country, speaking with music therapists and watching what we do in action.
May 6, 2013 - Experts from the field of music therapy have formed a partnership with Terra Rising Records for the company's feature length documentary focusing on the science of music's power to heal and connect people, as seen through music therapy. Terra Rising will now embark on a second US tour, along with cities in Canada, to wrap filming in the fall with the help and direction of some of the top music therapists currently practicing in the US.
Meganne Masko, Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the University of North Dakota, is excited to be a part of the documentary team and the opportunities it could bring for the entire music therapy community.
"Humans have used music as a healing mode for thousands of years, but the public is only now starting to hear about music therapy on a regular basis," said Masko.
"Having board-certified music therapists working as a part of the production team allows for a higher standard of ethics and care surrounding the people being filmed. We want to make sure we portray our profession accurately for the public while also protecting the interests of our clients and their families; having music therapy professionals on the team helps the producers and directors do both of those things.
I am thrilled to be able to share the music therapy profession with the public on a much larger scale as well as introduce others to some of the incredible people music therapists serve," she added
Maria Battista-Hancock, the Director of Music Therapy at Hochstein School of Music & Dance also sees an incredible opportunity for the field of music therapy through this film and greater exposure for those that use music therapy as a treatment method.
"I wish more people were aware of how many lives have been changed for the better by the dedicated work of Music Therapists everywhere. These are skilled musicians who are trained to use music as a medicine that helps create a safe musical container in which transformation can take place," said Battista-Hancock.
"This documentary will show just that and more," she continued.
"Our stories and our songs will have an opportunity to resonate in every human being who has ever been touched by music. I believe Terra Rising's efforts, through this film, will gather a broader audience around the science behind the power of music and how it can be used to allow each individual to reach their full potential."
The Music Therapy Team consists of:
Betsey King, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC, Rochester, NY
Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT, San Diego, CA
Rachel See, MA, MT-BC, Austin, TX
Maria Battista-Hancock, LCAT, MT-BC, Rochester, NY
Jamie George, MM, MT-BC, Atlanta, GA
Molly Griest, MMT, MT-BC, Baltimore, MD
Meganne Masko, MA, MT-BC, Grand Forks, ND
Terra Rising Records is a film and record production company based in Washington DC. Along with the feature length documentary and soundtrack that are currently in-production, TRR also produces and hosts the live art/concert series, Universal MusiCARE, raising money and awareness for local music organizations.
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