Music therapists use music to address a variety of health-related needs including:
Music therapy uses music to address health-related needs. Using the science of how music affects the brain, music therapists can address a wide variety of cognitive, physical, social or emotional needs. Music therapists implement clinical and evidence-based interventions to focus on non-musical goals. They frequently work with people who have: Autism, Down Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Stroke, TBI, Cerebral Palsy, and much more. Sessions may include: improvisation, songwriting, group instrument play, music and movement, and structured music listening. Each session takes place at the Flint School of Performing Arts and is individually designed. Sessions are available for adults and children, individuals and groups.
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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.