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Hochstein To Establish Music Therapy Program for Veterans

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Sep 19, 2012
Rochester, NY

Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, NY has been awarded $25,000 by the Farash Foundation to establish a music therapy program for veterans at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.

Today, Hochstein offers its services to veterans through connections with Veterans Outreach Center, the Nazareth College Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, and a 2-year partnership with CDS Monarch Warrior Salute™.

Hochstein’s music therapists will travel to Canandaigua to offer group and individual sessions for 2 full days a week. The program will be enhanced by the involvement of music therapy student interns from Nazareth College, with which Hochstein has a long history. The project will begin by Veterans Day in November 2012 and help veterans develop skills and confidence for a full year, culminating in a Veterans Day final concert in 2013.

Working with VA staff, Hochstein’s therapists will conduct an assessment of clients’ mobility and emotional state. They will customize all music therapy sessions to the clients’ needs.

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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