Music Heals Children

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

August 24, 2007

Sound emanates from an empty room inside the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center. Inside the room is a collaboration between volunteers at the Music Resource Center, Damani Harrison, Vijith Assar, and Bethany Tarbutton.

Twelve-year-old Bethany is not a famous music artist. She is a patient composing a song in her music therapy session.

"It motivates me to keep going and not quit," explained Bethany.

Not quit at healing.

Bethany suffered a brain injury and memory loss in a golf cart accident. Through the music therapy class, she is able to let loose and have fun while improving her overall outlook.

"It's kind of an emotional outlet,” said Joy Button of the rehab clinic. "They are able to heal through music physically, emotionally, and mentally."

The holistic approach helps Bethany heal her brain injury without even knowing it. The exercises that the MRC guys come up with are specific to whatever conditions their patients may have.

With Bethany, composing a song helps her improve her memory.

"Bethany and I composed a song on this computer program called 'Garage Band' using sound loops," Damani explained. "Today we did a memory exercise with a mini-keypad where she had to play different patterns to go along with the song."

In the end, Bethany will have laid down a music track while heading down the healing track.

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