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Discovering the Power of Music Therapy through a Trip to Panama

In a recent music therapy trip to Panama, undergraduate students aim to empower the community to build sustainable music therapy programs at cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes. Some of the students from the group, who go by the name “Panamaniacs,” kept travel journals of their experience. Below is a selection from Meghan Griffith’s entries. Read journal entries from Denise Oliveras and Meera Sinha.

Megan GriffithBy Megan Griffith

August 16, 2016
Today we traveled to the orphanage of La Ciudad del Nino, and finished the day with some group music therapy with the children there. The children that end up here generally have a traumatic background and are underdeveloped or at risk. It really hit me how much I wanted to help when we were singing a song that was about everything having a solution. During the song, a child of around six years of age turned to another child and in Spanish said “no, not everything.”

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Bringing Music Therapy to Panamanian Children in Need

In a recent music therapy trip to Panama, undergraduate students aim to empower the community to build sustainable music therapy programs at cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes. Some of the students from the group, who go by the name “Panamaniacs,” kept travel journals of their experience. Below are selections from Denise D. Oliveras’s entries. Read journal entries from Meera Sinha and Megan Griffith.

doliverasBy Denise D. Oliveras

August 16, 2016
The first stop today was at MUPA, an early intervention school for low-income families. We split up into 2 groups and saw 3 groups each. I was with the two year olds and absolutely loved it.

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Music Therapy Enlivens the Elderly in Trip to Panama

In a recent music therapy trip to Panama, undergraduate students aim to empower the community to build sustainable music therapy programs at cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes. Some of the students from the group, who go by the name “Panamaniacs,” kept travel journals of their experience. Below is a selection from Meera Sinha’s entries. Read journal entries from Denise Oliveras and Megan Griffith.

meera-sinhaBy Meera Sinha

August 15, 2016
Today was our first day working with clients in Panama. The first half of our day was spent at an orphanage called Hogar Malambo. We had two groups here: 1-2 year olds, and a mix of older children/adults with intellectual disabilities and 2-3 year olds. These were populations I hadn’t ever worked with before today, but it was an incredible experience.

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Music Transcends Language and Culture Barriers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Leah Weigel

Leah Thailand 4Sawatdi Kah! I am currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand, spending two months of the summer working as an intern at a Child Development Institute with a team of Expressive Arts Therapists. It is already week 3, and I have been so busy working with the children, and exploring Chiang Mai, that I want to take a moment to share what I have been learning!

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A Vision for Music Therapy in Ghana

Ellie Foster HeadshotIn January 2016, the nonprofit MusicXchange, founded by Berklee student Federico Masetti, organized a two-week service trip to Ghana to build strategic partnerships and raise awareness about the organization. The following post was written by Ellie Foster, one of the trip’s participants. Read a post by fellow participant Apiwe Bubu.

By Ellie Foster

Among the many meetings we had in Kumasi, Ghana, on January 7, none was quite so preliminarily daunting–and ultimately fruitful–as our appointment with Dr. Baffour Awuah. Dr. Awuah, medical director of Komfo Anyoke Teaching Hospital, sits on the board of HopeXChange Medical Center and agreed to meet with us at the request of fellow board member Riccardo Masetti—noted oncologist and father of our trip’s leader, Federico. As we sat in his waiting room, I couldn’t help but feel nervous about pitching the concept of music therapy to him.

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