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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