Ukulele Therapy: WKRC Local 12 and Hamilton Journal News

What makes our FLEA ukulele donation program special this month? The instrument count zipped past the 50th instrument milestone at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Our single largest donation was spiced up with many unique colors. The tally (since 2010) soared to 55 FLEA ukuleles!

Making it all the more special was a news spotlight by Liz Bonis at local CBS affiliate (WKRC Local 12 News)Click here or image below to view the magic of FLEA ukuleles and Music Therapy:

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A “sneak preview” of the donation set was displayed at the Liberty Township campus of CCHMC. Jenn Selely, a board certified Music Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist, joined me to host a Q&A session with the Hamilton Journal News. Click here or image below to view the story:

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Donations on this scale would not be possible without generous support from individuals and businesses.

For this round, extra recognition goes to Sharon and Dave Kitzmiller who set an impressive record for an individual pledge. Their generosity alone enabled SIXTEEN colorful FLEA ukuleles to go into the hospital’s music therapy program! It all started with casual conversation at our Anderson High School reunion this summer. What an impact they chose to make. Thank you Sharon and Dave!

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

FLEA Ukuleles on Amazon Wish List

FLEA ukuleles make a FUN GIFT … whether giving or receiving.

The wish list feature on Amazon makes either role easy.

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Click here to start your list, see others

CLICK HERE to choose our Amazon store listings for your list. Whether desiring just a FLEA ukulele, a FLEA uke paired with a designer case, or a FLEA packed within our exclusive kit to get you playing quickly … let others know precisely!

Maybe it’s for that special birthday or holiday gift. You’ve wanted one of these colorful ukuleles for some time now. Or you’re looking to share the special “gift of music” with a friend or family member versus the latest clothing and electronic fashions.

Perhaps a wedding is on the horizon and the registry is coming together. You and your fiance are planning an adventurous, great outdoors honeymoon. You’d rather take along a pair of FLEA ukuleles (in rugged FUSION designer cases) versus receive more place settings and toasters.

Or your school music teacher, camp leaders or music therapy team may be looking for high quality, rugged instruments that anyone can play easily, especially in groups. Express your wish and let fundraising volunteers help bring it all together.

If you want to skip wishing, jump right into playing (plus help hospitalized children cope with their challenges), see below!


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

What a Bunch of Smart Apps (and Ukuleles)

imagerymajestic, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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The world is brimming with APPS and UKES. While biased toward the latter, one must respect the power of how portable electronic gadgets and software can truly enhance safety and quality of everyday life.

This post highlights two clever examples, especially in managing risks that dwell in college learning & living environments: Just In Case and SeeClickFix

Most college students carry a smart phone. That’s why an APP is a terrific tool to reach the majority of this target population, regardless of campus size or enrollment. Empowerment is available –– literally at their fingertips.

Just in Case recognizes that stress, anxiety, depression, mental health crises can strike college students anywhere, anytime. It empathetically connects students with guidance easily, on demand, with privacy –– supplementing and facilitating existing resources, not replacing them.

SeeClickFix “crowd sources” awareness to proactively improve a community on non-emergency matters. For example, road hazards can be spotted and addressed before they worsen to create loss or injury.

Learn more from their creators by clicking the titles. You can also click PDF summaries below to see how they are particularly suited for large college settings:

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Just In Case – Miami University (OH) Application

Just In Case – APP Developer (eReadia, LLC)

SeeClickFix – APP Developer

Whether a student, parent, school or community leader, please share with others. Contact APP providers directly to see how they may help your community.

What does this have to do with ukuleles? Community outreach is at the heart of True Joy Acoustics. We take it serious, ukuleles make it fun. Our main focus is selling, donating and creating FLEA® ukulele sponsorships. These particular APP tools were discovered during a “spin off” volunteer effort to identify practical solutions to improve student welfare at University of Cincinnati:


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Dumb Ways to Die – UKULELE not included

Dumb Ways to Die is a video gone PANDEMIC. 59 million views on YouTube in just 10 months. Cute characters, clever animations, catchy tune, short 3 minute show.

Playing ukulele is NOT one of the examples.

Simply entertainment? No. It is actually a Public Service Announcement campaign in Australia to promote safety around trains. At 2:20 into the video, you see 3 examples of how real people die by avoidable mishaps around train tracks. Take a look:

Community outreach is at the heart of True Joy Acoustics. We take it serious, ukuleles make it fun. One of our current projects was highlighted in a recent post: College Student Safety – Can Ukuleles Solve This Problem?:



Dumb Ways to Die exist in a college environment. Anywhere really. Wandering into high risk places. “Smart gadgets” stealing your attention. Commuters rushing to an 8:00 am class. Evening jogs around campus streets without reflective apparel.

Ignoring first alert beeps of a smoke alarm, or worse, disabling it altogether. Even mental health: sleeping off or drinking away the early signs of stress or depression, keeping it all to yourself, versus seeking help.

To be clear, I do not mean the literal meaning of the catchy cartoon title. College students are not dumb. Rather, they face risks where safe tools, services and practices do exist. Clever marketing makes a huge difference. The SlideShare above has not (yet) received 59 million views!

Nobody likes being lectured on safety nor told what to do. Dumb Ways to Die is powerful inspiration. Hopefully it sparks creative ways to bring “SCI’s” to life.

Many thanks to Michelle Read from Google for pointing me to this example.


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

College Student Safety – Can Ukuleles Solve This Problem?

FLEA® ukuleles are little instruments with big hearts and strong vibes. Their USA manufacturer (Magic Fluke) has a great motto: Uke Can Change the World.

Community outreach is at the heart of True Joy Acoustics. Sales proceeds and sponsors (business, individual) drive a steady donation of FLEA® ukuleles into pediatric hospital music therapy. See sponsors by clicking FUN STRUMS Outreach.

Special applications help us leverage these instruments beyond hospital walls, too. Ukulele Prom Packs enliven a safe prom night event with a fun raffle prize.

And we bring attention to other important community causes. In this example: helping college students lessen fire and crime risks. More a matter of living Magic Fluke’s spiritual motto versus ukulele serving as the literal tool. Check out the slides.


I truly hope you took the time to view the 9 Fires video link on slide 38. If not, please watch below. Feel the intensity. Let the word spread, not fire.

Powerful message. Please make others aware.


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

Everybody Has A Story – Vanderbilt Music Therapy Project

Image from website of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Image from website of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Inspirational stories of Music Therapy are produced and shared at growing frequency.

Not just news headliners , e.g., congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ remarkable recovery from gunshot trauma, but stories of everyday folks facing crisis with music.

They enable an inside glimpse of what it’s like to be a child and their family facing a difficult health challenge. How sheer musical power can create connection, expression, hope –– even physical and spiritual healing –– during such times.

Here’s one featuring Jenny Plume, music therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Her Everybody Has A Story program enrolls the help of Nashville stars. Patients write their own songs with Jenny’s help, then watch their music come to “star power” life in the studio with Amy Grant, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Vince Gill and others.

Watch and share this 7″ video. Feel and share the inspiration!



True Joy Acoustics proudly donated the Red FLEA ukulele shown in the video (at :30) to Jenny’s pediatric hospital program a couple years back. Still going strong!


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

THANK YOU BiOWiSH Technologies

Imagine a routine trip to your children’s doctor to check out and treat acute symptoms. But results are not routine, they forewarn a crisis. Immediate and extended hospital care required. Hardly a time to think about taking up a musical instrument.

Yet, music offers power to cope, nurture and heal –– especially when guided by music therapy professionals. Music instills normalcy and an expression of feeling. It counterbalances the confinement of illness, dreading tests and treatments, waiting.

That conundrum sums up the True Joy Acoustics mission. We leverage our sales proceeds to donate FLEA ukuleles to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. At no added cost to purchasers. And without bothering parents nor hospital budgets as their resources focus on the health crisis.

FUN STRUMS is a program that invites individuals and businesses to accelerate such donations. We thank the following organization for their heartfelt support:

BiOWiSH Technologies

Please click on name above to learn about their comprehensive research and biotechnology applications for Environmental Management, Agri-Business and Consumer Products.

Brian Schreck & Chris at CCHMC, 08 July 2013

Brian Schreck, MA, MT-BC (music therapy coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) and my son Chris –– posing with three brand new FLEA ukuleles and accessories sponsored by BiOWiSH Technologies


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

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