Music therapists use music to address a variety of health-related needs including:
The FSPA's music therapy services are provided by board certified music therapists (MT-BC's), all of whom have clinical experience using evidenced-based musical practices to address health. Using the science of how music affects the brain and other areas of the body, the music is used to address non-musical goals such as: cognitive, physical, social or emotional needs. Sessions may include: improvisation, songwriting, group instrument play, music and movement, and structured music listening. No musical experience is required for individuals receiving the music therapy! Sessions takes place at the Flint School of Performing Arts and nearby community schools/facilities. Sessions are available for adults and children both in individual and group sessions.
For more information, call 810-238-1350, ext. 3.
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Breanne Book - Music Therapist A local of Kalamazoo, Breanne earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology at Western Michigan University Lee Honors College. Voice is her primary instrument with a secondary focus in piano and guitar. She completed her music therapy internship at Marwood Nursing and Rehab in Port Huron, Michigan. There, she lead individual and group sessions and co-treated with art therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. In addition to her music therapy studies, she has performed in multiple WMU choirs and brought home 3 gold medals with the University Chorale while touring the Baltic States for the 2017 Kaunas Cantat. She looks forward to developing the music therapy program at the Flint School of Performing Arts.
Christine Barron - Music Therapist Christine has earned a bachelors in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Western Michigan University. Christine graduated Magna Cum Laude, was on the Dean's List, and received the College of Fine Arts Collin's Scholarship. Christine completed a 900 hour internship at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Mi. Christine was fortunate enough during her internship to gain experience with individuals that formerly served our country, as well as palliative care, memory care, psych populations, individuals suffering from PTSD, as well as individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders. Since her internship, Christine became Board Certified as a music therapist in December 2018. Christine has worked with individuals with disabilities in various school districts through FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation. Christine is very excited to begin her journey as a music therapist through the Flint School of Performing Arts. She is excited to be a building block in the growth of the music therapy program at the FSPA. Christine is also excited to gain experience working with individuals at the Karmanos Cancer Center, Rehabitat Systems and Dillon Elementary, in addition to the many other clients the FSPA is beginning and will serve in the future.