This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, March 30 2019 8:44 PM UTC +00:00.
This program is for youth - youth who have regularly felt in a state of flux with their home, their supports, and their health.
This program is also for youth who desire to explore and develop basic skills and competencies on an instrument - whether it be voice, guitar, keyboard, drums, or percussion - but perhaps never had the chance, or access to an instrument. Perhaps they have played an instrument for a while now, but haven't had an opportunity or felt comfortable to pursue or explore making music with others.
At re.Sound, youth will:
- have the opportunity to access and explore any of these different instruments and to collaborate with others in a supportive and safe environment
- have access to and support using basic recording software
- collectively explore improvisation and songwriting
- learn and perform familiar/preferred songs
- interact with and hear professional musicians
In addition to active music making and skill development sessions, they will also receive the support they need under the specialized care of professional music therapists (MTAs).
re.Sound will incorporate: active music listening, mindfulness, and will include frequent opportunities for collective discussion and reflection.
The emphasis of this program will be the use of music as a way of:
- expressing identities
- growing independent and collaborative skills
- building supportive relationships, and;
- as an essential tool to support and maintain healthy resiliency and mental health.
“Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students, enhances spatial intelligence in newborns, and let’s not forget that the arts are a compelling solution to teen violence, certainly not the cause of it!”
Michael Greene, Recording Academy President and CEO at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 2000.
WHO ARE WE?
JB Music Therapy has been providing music therapy services to Albertans since 1991. A team of certified Music Therapists (MTAs) who design program plans for people of all ages to foster change: boost mood, decrease stress, improve speech after injury, increase focus, develop learning, lessen anxiety, and recover lost memories. JB Music Therapy is passionate about serving the needs of people, regardless of age or ability. and upholding the philosophies and quality of care to which people deserve. We bring:
- certified music therapists - music and counselling expertise
- instruments including: guitar, drums, small percussion instruments, and keyboard
- access to music technology for listening and audio recording including the following equipment: iPad, Bluetooth Speaker, MIDI Controllers, & recording condenser microphones.
- information, education, and training to all non-music therapy stakeholders
- access to current networks
We have an amazing PARTNER providing the safe, creative space:
Music Centre Canada (MCC) is a full line music store and music school; specializing in music education and programs, musical instrument and equipment sales, service, advice and support for both the beginner and pro musicians. Music Centre Canada understands that learning to play a musical instrument supports cognitive development and stimulates brain function in both the developing mind and for adults looking for increased acuity and longevity. Music Centre Canada believes that everyone can play an instrument - and its many services are essential to both professional and developing musicians in the Calgary community and across Alberta.
- Studio, stage and practise areas within the store
- Sound equipment and instrument support
- location near a train station for ease of travel
- program support and development
- sales and marketing to current networks
WHO WILL ATTEND?
Youth who are defined as “at risk” with a variety of different indicators, including having limited reading proficiency, having experienced abuse or trauma, having a disability or illness, or having exhibited behaviour problems. Measures of family risk include poverty, a low level of parental education, a large number of children, not owning a home, single parenthood, welfare dependence, family dysfunction, abuse, parental mental illness, parental substance use, and family discord or illness. Measures of community risk might include rates of poverty, crime, unemployment, or teen parenthood in the community.
Number of participants
We are looking for participants between the ages of 12 - 18 to join the program commencing April 2019. Our aim is 10 - 12 participants each week.
We are fortunate to be part of a network of incredible organizations serving youth at risk with whom we already have strong relationships. These include (but are not limited to) The Junior League of Calgary, WOODS Homes, and Alberta Health Services.
Online registration, phone, or email to JB Music Therapy
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
Every session will be 90 minutes in length - but we will not be rushed. Facilitators and volunteer supports will be available to participants before and after the program to ensure everyone gets to where they need to be safely.
The program itself will be broken down into shorter blocks (ie. 4 X 10 week sessions). Throughout each block there will be opportunity for participants to develop their skills - with a performance component to conclude each block. Throughout their involvement in the program, the youth will be supported in identifying and measuring their own growth - and will have the opportunity to share video stories of their progress. This will also contribute to the evaluative process of our music therapists and our company.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
This is a unique program for JB Music Therapy. Currently there is no other program we know of like this in our community of Calgary. Making this unique program as accessible as possible is key. These youth will be coming from a variety of areas around our city, from diverse environments and backgrounds. Therefore, our hope is to create an opportunity where the community can support these youth in pursuing their dreams.
Why would someone want to do that? Well the easy answer is that it is simply a "good thing to do" - but there are a great many economic and social benefits to supporting our city's youth in growing their confidence, communication skills, self-care and coping strategies, in developing and strengthening a skill and trade, and in developing and nurturing positive relationships. In a very short period of time, these youth will become adults - and important contributors to our community.
By helping youth rise up and RE.SOUND we are giving a set of skills, away from the party scene and in the quest of finding another stimulant. Music acts like a 'feel-good' drug, engages and connects us like a party, and speaks the feelings that can be pent up - sometimes for long periods of time.
We want to give sponsors an opportunity to support a worthwhile cause that will also support the future of our city.
More information about the staff and contributors:
- All therapists are registered members of the Canadian Association for Music Therapists (CAMT) (www.musictherapy.ca)
- JB Music Therapy is an incorporated business in Alberta.
- JB Music Therapy has all the required professional and general liability insurances.
- JBMT Therapists are police checked every 3 years. Copies of police checks are available upon request.
- 40 weeks
- 2 music therapists for after school program
- participant recruitment
- community education
The youth will be asked to establish their learning goals during the first session of each block. Measures as to how these learning goals are being met will be evaluated at the end of each block.
The therapist will continually monitor to see if the base line to their feelings have shifted (for example - highly depressed to more content)
Sustaining the Funds:
To be frank - we cannot know yet. Our hope is that this project will be so successful that a larger organization may want to take the service under their wing.
We will not be afraid to request future funds if the program is the success we believe it will be.
Thank you for the support you are giving this innovative program.
Risks and challenges
The potential risks are: a) we struggle to access the youth we hope to access (we are mitigating this risk by partnering with agencies who know these youth) b) we are not able to sustain project past this initial crowdfunding campaign (we are mitigating this risk by activity promoting the program - once is it operational - with larger organizations - looking for a home post-pilotLearn about accountability on Kickstarter