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ASU School of Music unveils Center for Community Music and Wellness


The Center for Community Music and Wellness is led by the ASU School of Music and its community partners. Photo courtesy of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.


Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

September 20, 2010

Who
The ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Remo Drums, AZ Rhythm Connection, Higher Octave Healing, and Ear Candy Charity

What
Join us for an afternoon celebration to introduce the diverse team of partners that combined their efforts to establish the Center for Community Music and Wellness at Arizona State University. The ASU School of Music therapy program teams up with community partners Remo Drums, AZ Rhythm Connection, Higher Octave Healing, and Ear Candy Charity to bring interactive music programs to underserved populations.

“Our music therapy program is thriving, bringing important therapy to an ever-wider number of people,” says Kimberly Marshall, director of the ASU School of Music. “Thanks to the hard efforts of School of Music faculty Robin Rio and Barbara Crowe, we have been able to mobilize a whole network of community partners to create this new center. There is much to celebrate!”

In a climate of reduced federal and state funding, the Center for Community Music and Wellness provides diverse populations with broader programming options for wellness and recreation. Programs emphasize health and wellness, leadership, positive social interaction, and musical skill building. The community project is coordinated by ASU School of Music faculty members Barbara Crowe, professor and director of the music therapy program and Robin Rio, associate professor and center director, and Julie Murillo, faculty associate and director of Valley Music Therapy.

“This collaboration is a true embodiment of the work we have been doing in the community,” says Nate Anderson, founder and president, Ear Candy Charity. “We are surrounded by some of the best musical partners in the Valley; this really is where we belong.”

Where
Community Services Building, 200 E. Curry Road, Tempe, AZ 
To view a map, visit: http://www.asu.edu/tour/tempe/csb.html

When
Oct. 1, 1:30–4 p.m.

Cost
Free

Public Contact
Robin Rio
ASU School of Music
Center for Community 
Music and Wellness director
Robin.Rio@asu.edu
http://music.asu.edu/musictherapy/clinic/

The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each year. To learn more about the School of Music, visit music.asu.edu.

Media Contact:
Catherine Bickell
ASU School of Music
480.965.2817
Catherine.Bickell@asu.edu