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True Joy Acoustics is more than a source of fantastic FLEA ukuleles.

CCHMCbrianSarah,gifOur sales and sponsors support a steady stream of FLEA ukulele donations to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center … at no extra cost to purchasers.

It was networking with several Cincinnati music therapists that sparked the business and community outreach model.

I am grateful for time and insights shared with me by music therapists Mimi Sinclair, Brian Schreck and Betsy MacConnell. These professionals support children and adults who benefit tremendously from their application of musical skills to create engaging therapeutic programs.

CASE OF THE “MISSING BANJO”

Brian Schreck, music therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, explained to me the role of every instrument that he takes into patient rooms for a therapy session with a child, and on some occasions with family participation. Guitars, mandolins, drums, shakers, tambourines, keyboards … a complete musical playground that gets loaded onto a cart as he makes daily rounds!

banjo72dpi150x57His banjo was missing for orientation because one of his patients loved it so much that he wanted to hang onto it for awhile in his room.

Many days, weeks, even months pass for these children in a hospital room. I imagined myself in their situation. What would it mean to have my own instrument in the room all the time, not just when Brian visits for a session?

That instrument would break monotony. I could develop my own skills and songs. I’d leave that hospital not only healthier, but a better musician for it! And all the while, learning and playing would keep my mind centered on just being a kid making music versus feeling stuck in time and crisis at the hospital.

That “missing banjo” became an inspiration for creating a supply line of musical instruments to children in similar circumstances.

Greg, True Joy Acoustics founder

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for supporting music therapists in their work and for seeing into the needs of our clients, even when we cannot be there! I’m a music therapist too and founder of Optimal Rhythms, Inc, a nonprofit that uses music and rhythm to support the overwhelming motor planning challenges of children with severe autism. Music makes a difference!! I would love to know more – is there a way for our agency to partner with you for some new instruments? We are just a little further south on the Ohio River… in Newburgh, Indiana.

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    • Hi Casey, I don’t know why, but WordPress but did not notify of me this comment when received, so just seeing now. Sorry! Thanks so much for your feedback, it’s an honor to support the work of Music Therapists! YES, I would be happy to collaborate and I sell FLEA ukuleles to Music Therapists at discount rate. Just send me an email (info@truejoyacoustics.com) and we can take it from there. Thanks again! Greg/TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS 27 May 2018

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