As part our NW Works’ Community Engagement program, we are proud to offer a music therapy program. In partnership with Shenandoah University’s Department of Music Therapy, the NW Works Chimers meet weekly to practice and perform handbell music, learning critical skills along the way. Each semester is concluded with a public concert at Shenandoah University.
One semester of music therapy costs clients $60, or $120 for a full year of the program. However, for some of our clients, this fee is a major barrier. In order to continue providing this important service to our clients, we welcome sponsorships from the public. Sponsorships can be made in the form of $60 per semester donations to support a Chimer. Give the gift of music and donate today! Please be sure to indicate that you are supporting the Chimers with your donation.
Why Music Therapy? Music Therapy is a form of therapeutic intervention which uses music to address behavioral, social, psychological, communicative, physical, sensory-motor, and/or cognitive functioning. According to the American Music Therapy Association, “because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible.” Our music therapist, Fredrica Dooley-Brown, MT-BC, set goals with clients, documents client responses and progress, and works with our clients to build communication skills.