Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

April 3, 2003

SMU Music Therapy Dept. Presents Free Community Event, "Musical Moments: Glimpses Of Music Therapy," April 10

DALLAS (SMU) -- Thanks to music therapy, children with autism have been able to connect and communicate with others; adult stroke survivors with speech deficits have been able to sing; and cancer patients have been able to share their struggles and triumphs with loved ones. The public is invited to find out more about the art and science of this fascinating field at "Musical Moments: Glimpses of Music Therapy," a free community event hosted by the Department of Music Therapy at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the O'Donnell Recital Hall on the second floor of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus.

"Musical Moments" will explore and demonstrate the positive effect music therapy can have on children and adults with a host of special needs: developmental disabilities, autism, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, Parkinson's disease, cancer, chemical dependency, and stress and immune-based disorders.

The event will open with a drum circle in which the audience is invited to participate, then launch into a creative multi-media presentation describing the SMU music therapy degree programs, current research, and stories of learning and healing. Department head Betsey Brunk will lead the audience in composing a blues song, and students will perform music composed by -- and for -- children and adults with special needs. A reception will follow the program, and music therapists from SMU and the community will be available to answer questions.

For further information, please call 214.768.2712.