The Augusta Symphony in Georgia is adding a new initiative, Community Chords Music Therapy, for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. The program, which is free, will be run by Veronica Andreassen-Barker, a licensed and board-certified music therapist. In the program’s inaugural year, approximately 60 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries will participate. The program is sponsored by University Health Care System, which will transport participants from area facilities to the orchestra’s Knox Music Institute, located adjacent to the orchestra’s Miller Theater home. Augusta Symphony Executive Director Anne Catherine Murray stated, “Music therapy is proven to be a powerful and healing element for people with a variety of needs, but it is rarely covered by health insurance. We wanted to make this service free for people who might not otherwise have access.” For more information, visit http://augustasymphony.com/music-therapy/.
Posted September 23, 2019