By Amanda Corby
"What is Music Therapy?" is the question most commonly asked of Founder Keiko Kajiwara. Music Therapy is a therapeutic process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its elements-sound, rhythm, melody, and harmony to help clients improve or maintain their health. Music therapists aim to improve their client's level of functioning and quality of life in areas such as cognitive function, motor skills, emotional development, and social skills by using musical experiences like singing, songwriting, listening to, discussing, and moving to music to reach measurable treatment goals.
Music therapy can be beneficial in developmental work with special needs individuals, increased emotional stability, improving memory and orientation for the elderly, and in physical rehabilitation for stroke victims. In other words, the "power of music" is a very real and effective method of therapy.
Musician Donna Stoering shares in the belief of the benefits of music therapy. Since she was a child, Stoering has experienced the healing powers of music, so her involvement in this campaign was a natural fit. Stoering has been giving concerts since the age of five. A protégé of the late Sir Georg Solti, she is a renowned pianist and singer, a Grammy Award nominee, Artistic Ambassador of the USA and Great Britain, Marshall Scholar, Artist in Residence to Oxford University, youngest-ever judge of international music competitions in Russia, Italy, Canada, and the UK, and the creator/producer of music programs now shown on the BBC and other networks. She is also the founder of Listen for Life, a global family of music listeners and performers who are working together to restore music as a unifying force and channel of communication worldwide.
Music therapy programs have been proven beneficial in improving and facilitating school attendance, goal attainment, relationship building, and successful community living, thereby contributing to the overall quality of life of their beneficiaries. These concerts will be given not only to raise funds for this worthwhile cause, but also to increase awareness of the benefits of music therapy across Hawaii. To learn more about Sounding Joy Music Therapy's or to make a donation to their campaign goal of $50,000 click HERE for a link to their website.
Concert Dates :
Big Island - November 18
East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo
Oahu - November 20
Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street; Honolulu, Hawaii 96826)