Music Therapy & Dramatic Arts
The Beat Goes On
Our team of Board Certified Music Therapists engage individuals in interactive music making experiences that are tailored for the development of specific skills. Drawing upon natural impulses, music therapists use clinical improvisation to engage participants so they become fully immersed in the process of making music by playing instruments and/or singing. This process becomes the impetus for communication, social interaction, and self-expression. Music therapy happens in a number of contexts, including individual and group treatment sessions and within ensembles and performing groups, including our own rock band and choir, which hold performances throughout the year.
Participants in our dramatic arts program are taught the basics of what it means to be on stage, which in turn provides tools for success in everyday life. In addition to taking classes in the dramatic arts, our actors and actresses are provided with opportunities to perform in productions for their families and friends. Individuals take on roles behind the scenes as well, assisting with everything from costume and set construction to stage management and publicity. Productions ultimately become an achievement shared by many from within The Center’s community, not just those on stage. Past productions have included “The Wizard of Oz,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Guys and Dolls,” “The Lion King,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”