When it comes to my own recovery, music has been paramount. In fact, as soon as I was able to wrap my hand around a guitar, that’s what I did… As soon as I was able to talk, I tried to sing. For Michelle, dance has been a driving force for her recovery. In fact, the subject line of the first email that I ever received from Michelle was “Lights, Coma, Dance!”
In this episode of the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast, we have the opportunity to interview Hope Young, founder and CEO of the Center for Music Therapy, Inc. This center is the first for-profit music therapy facility in the world specifically designed to research and treat neurologic movement conditions and disorders through music… And they are very successful! She was a 2017 recipient of the Intelligent Health Award (IHA) for her research, patents, and the work of her Movement Tracks Project team in reducing the risk of falls and improving patients’ experience in treatment of movement disorders via the application of music.
When I first met Hope, she was presenting about music therapy to a group of practitioners at a rehabilitation facility in Austin. We ended up having a great time and collaborating on a song together. You can see why I was so excited to get her on the podcast in this video:
Ms. Young is a member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Austin’s smart city consortium (ACUP), and the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She is a leading global innovator and driving force behind the concept and development of merging music and biotechnologies as a health solution.
If you’re interested in how music affects the brain or novel, safe, and fun methods to drive neuroplasticity through music, you’ll enjoy this episode!
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Hello All! Wonderful website and podcast. I am a guitar player and singer, and I can play harmonica with guitar also. After TBI, I have intuitively been using music and learning new guitar techniques to work on cognition, memory, and new motor skills. I feel like it is one of my most powerful assets in this extremely slow recovery process. Plus, it is one of my highest fun factors.
Is there a way I could have the opportunity to have a conversation with Hope the music therapist, or someone like her?
Thank you so much, Mark! I was also very music motivated and am in 100% agreement about it being a powerful tool for recovery! I passed your info on to Hope. 🙂
Thank you very much Cavin.
It is November now and I have not heard from Hope. I filled out the form on their website to be contacted for a free consultation.
Happy Holidays, Mark,
I’m not sure why she hasn’t responded… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’ll pass it on again. If you’d like to email your phone number to me so that she can just call you, you can do so at this address: hello (at) feedabrain.com