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Levine School Launches Music Therapy Program

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Sep 01, 2011
DC, Washington

On September 1st, the Levine School of Music announced the launch of a comprehensive music therapy program this fall, initially at its Northwest DC Campus and with selected partner organizations.  Leanne Belasco, previously at the Kennedy Krieger School, has been named Levine's first Director of Music Therapy.

Music therapy uses music as a tool to help individuals - from children to seniors - transform and improve the quality of their lives, while addressing each individual's unique emotional, physical, cognitive and social needs.  Reaching beyond barriers of social, communicative, and cognitive limitations, music therapy offers individuals with disabilities a means to develop skills that can be used in everyday life.  Thruogh music therapy, individuals can identify and manage various emotional states, and can pursue opportunities for creativity and self expression.

Peter Jablow, the President & CEO of Levine stated, "Music therapy reflects Levine's core values of opportunity and community.  Under Leanne's leadership, Levine will, for the first time in the Washington region, offer a comprehensive program to individuals with disabilities or developmental disorders for whom music would otherwise be unavailable."

Andrea Farbman, Executive Director of hte American Music Therapy Association states, "The music therapy needs of people in the greater DC area are enormous; as Executive Director of the American Music Therapy Association, I am thrilled that such a prestigious institution as Levine has the foresight and leadership to develop a top-notch program to fill those needs."

Learn more about the Levine School of Music and their Music Therapy Program

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