UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital – Music Therapy In Action

Last May, a Sapphire Blue FLEA ukulele was donated to Maya Charlton, MA, MT-BC and her music therapy team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Made possible by generous GoFundMe sponsors. While “basic” ukuleles are used, Maya wanted to try out a FLEA ukulele in her intensive care work given its special features.

Her response below shares what this innovative ukulele can achieve.

“We are so very grateful for your very generous donation of the beautiful ukulele. It has had constant use since it arrived and has brought so much joy and relaxation to patients, families and staff.

I’m attaching pictures of a young patient of ours who was in both intensive care and rehabilitation. In the ICU the ukulele brought him great joy and relaxation in my work with him. His mood was very low, pain management was a big issue.

When he moved to rehabilitation our music therapist, John Mulcahy, MT-BC, continued use with the ukulele to help strengthen his motor skills, motivate him in meeting his physical therapy goals and give him success-based experiences. Today he finally gets to go home, having met all his rehabilitation goals. Thank you again for all you do and having such a positive impact on so many!”

– Maya Charlton, MA, MT-BC, July 2017

Watch and hear the power of this program. Not just described by Maya, but many testimonials from MD’s, RN’s and PT’s. Kathryn Garcia-Rivera sums it up well at 4:20: “When I see kids participating in music therapy, I see them come out of their shell, they lose their fear, and it’s replaced by joy”.

Maya would love to have a larger set of FLEA ukuleles to reach more patients from Oakland, San Francisco and broader California region. Each instrument lasts for years, reaching hundreds of patients. Contact me directly (info@truejoyacoustics.com) or visit GoFundMe page below if you or your organization would like to help.

https://www.gofundme.com/ukuleleshospitalMT

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THANK YOU “Together We Fight” in Dayton, OH

THANK YOU to Together We Fight for sponsoring a colorful set of THREE concert FLEA ukuleles for the new music therapy program at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Together We Fight is a Dayton based foundation started by the families of Ally Barnett and Caulin Booher. Both children successfully battled leukemia at Dayton Children’s.

What’s it like to be a child receiving a cancer diagnosis and life saving interventions? How does it feel as their parents or sibling? Caulin Booher and his family provide an inspirational glimpse in the hospital website’s Patient Story and video:

Together We Fight supports kids diagnosed with cancer via gift bags packed with ample supplies: pillow pets, gas cards, parking tokens, gift cards, games, other items for a long hospital stay. They send a powerful message: you’re not alone, we’re in this together. Follow on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TogetherWeFightCancer/) to see and help their fundraising.

We share a similar mission of togetherness. FLEA ukuleles donated via True Joy Acoustics weave a heartfelt MUSICAL connection among patients, families, therapists, purchasers, sponsors and broader community.

Music therapy started May 2017 at Dayton Children’s main campus. Lindsey Steinbrunner, MT-BC packs a 3-day schedule serving up to 15 patients (going basis) in their rooms using a basic instrument set. FLEA ukuleles will boost the hospital’s music therapy capability and joy.

Each FLEA ukulele can reach hundreds of patients in the years ahead given their ease of play, durability, resilience to sanitization procedures. They are central to our hospital donation concept (i.e., instruments well suited for Music Therapy sessions AND loaning to patients for 24/7 therapeutic play) at leading pediatric hospitals since 2009.

Please consider joining this heartfelt cause. Making a contribution to our “Ukuleles for Hospital Music Therapy” campaign on GoFundMe will bring more holistic care to those in critical care settings:

https://www.gofundme.com/ukuleleshospitalMT

THANK YOU Hauer Music in Centerville, OH

THANK YOU to Jim Hauer of HAUER MUSIC for donating a premium Little Martin guitar and case to the new music therapy program at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Not the standard model: Martin’s beautiful Hawaiian KOA pattern!

True Joy Acoustics originated its hospital donation concept (i.e., instruments well suited for Music Therapy sessions AND loaning to patients for 24/7 therapeutic play) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2009 with a Little Martin guitar. Instant patient thrills, versatile music therapy “tool”.

When I discovered the recent startup of music therapy at Dayton Children’s and mentioned it to Jim, he instantly responded with “I’d love to help out the music therapy cause for Dayton area families”. Then he offered up this superb instrument. Wow!

Have you seen Ed Sheeran perform with his Little Martin? Phenomenal one-man show with guitar, looper pedal and incredible vocal artistry! Equally impressive is how this young star shares his time off stage. Check out this fresh video of Ed with patients inside the Seacrest Studio at Boston Children’s Hospital:

Music therapy started May 2017 at Dayton Children’s main campus. Lindsey Steinbrunner, MT-BC packs a 3-day schedule serving up to 15 patients (going basis) in their rooms using a basic instrument set. The addition of this guitar, along with other premium instrument donations, will boost the hospital’s music therapy capability and joy.

Can you imagine being a child stuck in the hospital? Yet feeling the thrill of jamming along with or playing a Little Martin similar to what Ed Sheeran plays on stage? And all the while, not being mindful of where you are and why? This instrument is exceptionally durable and will reach hundreds of patients in the years ahead.

Hauer Music (www.hauermusic.com) is an easy reach for broader Dayton/Cincinnati metro area. Their large showroom, lesson studio and performance stage is situated in the heart of Centerville, Ohio, just minutes from the Dayton Mall, Interstates 75 and 675, State Routes 725 and 48 and historic downtown Centerville at 528 Miamisburg Centerville Road. Only 20 minutes north of Cincinnati Premium Outlets mall in Monroe.

There’s good reason Hauer Music is celebrating 80 years of existence. Jim is the third generation owner. He stocks virtually every instrument you and family members want to play, plus all the accessories and lessons you’d ever need for exceptional musicianship. CLICK HERE to see their impressive lineup of instructors. This guitar donation exemplifies how they impact the broader wellbeing of the community by supporting pediatric hospital music therapy.

Beyond visiting Hauer Music, please consider making a contribution to our “Ukuleles for Hospital Music Therapy” campaign on GoFundMe.

https://www.gofundme.com/ukuleleshospitalMT

Reaching the goal will bring more holistic music therapy to those in critical care settings.

THANK YOU C. F. Martin & Co.

THANK YOU to C. F. Martin & Co. for donating two premium “0X Uke” instruments with colorful red and blue bamboo finishes, plus Martin cases. Special thanks to Kristi B.

Martin 0X Bamboo ukulele set

C. F. Martin & Co. (Nazareth, PA) is America’s premier GUITAR maker. Over 180 years! Fun fact: Martin turned out more UKULELES than guitars during the 1920’s given the ukulele boom triggered by a 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

What makes this donation special is that True Joy Acoustics originated its hospital donation concept (i.e., instruments well suited for Music Therapy sessions AND loaning to patients for 24/7 therapeutic play) in 2009 with a “Little Martin” guitar. Brian Schreck, MA, MT-BC relayed its instant reception and full-time utility at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Brian Schreck - Little Martin Guitar - Aug 2009 - 300dpi600x900

The Little Martin’s impeccable quality and “high pressure laminate” construction (holds up to rigorous sanitization) enabled it to become a versatile TOOL for music therapy in critical care settings. Due to various factors, however, the program expanded with FLEA brand ukuleles to broaden patient reach beyond guitars: smaller body, fewer and softer nylon strings, easier mastery.

Since our 2010 launch, Martin introduced “0X” bamboo ukes which have cheerful colors and the same rugged construction as their Little Martin guitar. The company’s donation of these instruments is a reflection on our program roots, plus a heartfelt gesture that will undoubtedly touch hundreds of patients in the years ahead.

These colorful Martin ukuleles will be presented to Brian Schreck in recognition of his pioneering spirit and impact. Now located in Louisville, Brian’s music therapy team at Norton Healthcare serves adult and pediatric patients.

For more information about Martin guitars, visit: https://www.martinguitar.com. Treat yourself or a family member to a beautiful Martin! And please consider making a contribution to our “Ukuleles for Hospital Music Therapy” campaign on GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/ukuleleshospitalMT

Reaching the goal will bring more holistic music therapy to those in critical care settings.

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