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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Press Release - March for Music Therapy

Sunday March 29, 2015 - March is National Music Therapy Awareness Month. To celebrate, the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund (CMTTF), in partnership with The Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) will host the 2nd Annual March for Music Therapy, coast to coast on March 29.


Music Therapy in Action
After some time working with a certified music therapist, a young boy with autism began to verbally express his feelings, thoughts and concerns. He moved on to graduate from elementary school reading, writing, and, most importantly, having made one friend. Music therapy provided a bridge for this boy's success.

A middle-aged man was living in palliative care with lung cancer that spread to his brain. As a result, his cognitive functioning was intact; however, he had a great deal of difficulty expressing himself verbally. No longer able to verbalize his thoughts and feelings clearly, he was living the last days of his life in frustration. After the addition of a music therapist to his care routine he discovered that while he couldn't speak his thoughts and feelings, he could sing. With the support of a certified music therapist he was able to express himself through music, and as a result, he was able to sing his hopes, fears, and desires.

What is Music Therapy?
Accredited Music Therapists (MTAs) have a music therapy bachelor degree or higher, and use the power of music to promote, maintain, or achieve goals related to health, well-being, and quality of life. From pre-natal to palliative care, accredited music therapists work in areas including but not limited to: mental health, developmental disabilities, and dementia care, with people of all ages. There are currently 586 MTAs practicing in Canada.

2nd Annual March for Music Therapy
For its second year, the March for Music Therapy will be a grassroots, family and community focused national event; this year taking place in 10 communities across Canada. On Sunday, March 29th, groups across Canada will march up to 5 km to raise awareness and funds for music therapy. All Marches will end with an event to celebrate the community coming together and supporting the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and their efforts to provide music therapy services to underserved populations in Canada. Online registration is provided through the Running Room.

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is a national registered non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians through the therapeutic use of music. For more information and to support the CMTTF Mission, please contact

Christine Lever
Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund
www.musictherapytrust.ca               

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