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.

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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

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THANK YOU to Individuals Sharing Ukulele Joy

Our retail mission serves ukulele players on a national scale. Sales proceeds help us drive a steady donation of FLEA® ukuleles into hospital music therapy programs –– the heart of our community mission. External sponsors (businesses + individuals) help us accelerate donations to reach even more hospitalized children.

Individuals can make a world of difference. Hundreds of miles away from their own home. Among children “stuck inside of four hospital walls” where days are filled with tests, procedures, waiting and hope.

It is there where strumming away on a colorful little instrument with a music therapist at your side brings a special joy.  Learning a simple tune. Creating a song for mom to let her know how much she means to you. True music played on your own time and terms –– not the endless monotone of a monitor going beep, beep, beep, …

Brian Schreck & Sarah at CCHMC, 30 Oct 2012

Brian Schreck, MA, MT-BC (music therapy coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) and my daughter Sarah –– trying out FLEA’s sponsored by individuals

Thank you to an anonymous donor in the Northeast. A highly trained vocalist sponsored a FLEA ukulele in honor of a health practitioner helping her regain her voice due to elusive illness. She discovered the expressive power of ukulele while her voice was hindered, and our hospital donation program via the powers of Google.

Thank you to Brad Boydston in Arizona. He ordered a concert FLEA on Amazon. The ukulele arrived fine thanks to much internal cushioning, but the external carton appeared to be part of a crash test of some sort. The only such mishap encountered after shipping hundreds of FLEA’s across the USA. The shipper took responsibility and issued a credit. But rather than scrapping his original instrument for a replacement to avoid any hidden risk, Brad chose to direct those funds to a hospital ukulele donation. He transformed a one-time mishap into a crescendo of musical smiles at CCHMC.


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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