Reflections on an Inspiring Week - Music Therapy Documentary

I think that most music therapists would agree that when we are given the opportunity to advocate for our profession, we not only rise to the challenge, but actually rejuvenate our own excitement about the power of music therapy! This week was no exception!

This past Monday, Mike Ricucci and Michelle Murphy Akaras arrived from Terra-Rising Records to film music therapy sessions and interviews with clients, families, interdisciplinary therapists at Cobblestone Therapy Group, and our talented team of music therapists. Mike and Michelle have traveled the country documenting the power of music therapy to heal and connect communities and we are so grateful for the opportunity to share our practice here in Atlanta, GA! We spent three days with Terra Rising sharing the profession that we love and the families and facilities that we serve.

To say that it was inspiring is an understatement! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the families and facilities that shared their experience with music therapy, the music therapists that share their time and energy with our patients’ every day, and for Mike and Michelle who were able to give us all an eloquent perspective on how we affect our community.

As if this wasn’t exciting enough, we were granted an interview with the one and only Ben Folds after the Ben Folds Five concert in Atlanta on Tuesday night! For those of you who don’t know, Ben Folds is a proud advocate for Music Therapy and Music Education. He has traveled to Washington DC with the American Music Therapy Association to speak with legislators about the importance of music therapy, played benefit concerts to raise money for music therapy awareness, and created the Ben Folds Foundation to grant funds and studio recording time to music therapists and music educators.  In addition, a percentage of the sales from Ben Folds Five’s new album, “The Sound of the Life of The Mind” will be donated to a charity organization for Music Therapy and Music Education.  You can buy the album now on iTunes!

We always hear the same thing, “Once you see music therapy in action, you get it!” Over the past several days we have been able to document how music therapy can promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation. It is our hope that our small contribution to this film will help enlighten those who are unaware of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services around the world.

Terra Rising Records will continue to film into the spring of 2013. Make sure you sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on news related the films release! In the meantime, check out the trailer for the film!

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Jamie George

The George Center for Music Therapy, 12060 Etris Rd. Suite 200, Roswell, GA

JAMIE GEORGE

Jamie founded The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in 2010 in order to expand and increase access to quality music therapy programs in the metro Atlanta area. She is a licensed and nationally board-certified music therapist. Jamie holds additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT).

Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from the University of Georgia. She completed her graduate research studying music therapy and its effects on children with sensory processing disorder. Jamie completed her internship working with exceptional children in the Fulton County Schools Music Therapy Department in metro Atlanta. Jamie specializes in autism and other neurologic conditions. In addition to teaching and treating, she actively consults with parents, therapists, allied health, and therapeutic and educational programs across the country.

Jamie serves on the Ethics Board for the American Music Therapy Association, and serves as Government Relations Co-Chair for the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She serves as Reimbursement Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, having previously served as Treasurer for the organization from 2007 – 2012.  Jamie also serves on the Georgia state task forceand the Georgia Secretary of State appointed Music Therapy Advisory Committee.

Jamie is an accomplished vocalist, and comes to Atlanta after having performed for several years in New York City and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Check out some of Jamie’s work over on the blog!