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Sep 03, 2012
Rochester, NY

The Music Therapy & Expressive Arts program at Hochstein School of Music & Dance (Rochester, NY) will be the focus of a new, national documentary. Terra Rising Records from Washington DC spent 13 hours filming program director, Maria Battista-Hancock, and other therapists with their students. The documentary will highlight music therapy as a catalyst in connecting communities and helping them heal. 

The documentarians will return to Hochstein in late fall to film a new Sensory Friendly concert Hochstein is implementing based on the work of Christy Joy Shiloh in Baltimore, MD. The concert will allow individuals with special needs to interact with professional musicians, while they perform, in ways that are accessible and meaningful to each individual.

Hochstein’s music therapy program is more than 30 years old and seeks to promote wellness, improve academic skills and express feelings, among other goals. No release date has been announced for the film, but is expected in 2013.

About Hochstein School of Music and Dance

Founded in 1920 as a memorial to a young concert violinist who was killed in WWI, the David Hochstein Memorial Music School (known as Hochstein School of Music & Dance)  provides comprehensive music and dance training to all interested persons. Instruction is offered in all orchestral instruments, piano, voice, harp, percussion, and guitar.  Chamber music, orchestras and wind bands, choirs, and jazz combos offer ensemble opportunities to students of various skills and experience levels. Suzuki strings and flute and Orff-Schulwerk are offered for young learners, and music theory/history classes provide musicianship training to children and adults. Dance instruction in ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, Caribbean-Latin, African, and creative movement is offered at beginning and advanced levels, and a scholarship  dance ensemble offers regular performance opportunities. The music therapy department provides specially tailored services to physically, developmentally and emotionally challenged students. Summer programs include a musical theatre workshop and week-long arts camps for children (and often adults) interested in guitar, flute, chamber music, jazz,  percussion, and orchestra. More than 3,900 students are served annually in music, dance and music therapy programs, onsite and in the community.  In addition to serving Greater Rochester, the School’s extension program in Canandaigua has provided music, dance, and music therapy programs for residents of the Finger Lakes region since 2007.

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