As music therapists, it can be a little disheartening when people don’tknow about our amazing field.But fret not! Music therapy has some friends in high places! Here’s acollection of celebrities who “get” music therapy. Some are advocates,some are supporters, some are believers, and some are even recipientsof music therapy services!See, we’re not THAT obscure…
Ben FoldsMusician Ben Folds has had aprolific solo career, as well as withhis group, the Ben Folds Five.Not only that, but he’s a bigsupporter of music therapy! Benhas attended music therapyconferences, shared content fromthis very blog on his Facebook,and advocated for music therapyin Washington DC!
Joey FatoneBack in the 90’s and 00’s,N’SYNC ruled the radio airwaves.I’m going to refrain from quotinglyrics here, because all I’d do isget one of their catchy tunes stuckin your head (you’re welcome).Fatone has since set up afoundation which has providedfunding to support a music therapyprogram at the Arnold PalmerHospital for Children in hishometown of Orlando!Diiiiirty pop (sorry, couldn’t helpmyself).
Rep. Gabrielle GiffordsRep. Giffords was involved in a atragic mass shooting in her homestate of Arizona.Facing a long road to recoveryfrom her brain injury, Giffords wentthrough many hours of therapy.One of the treatments that hasbeen cited as playing a large partin her recovery is NeurologicMusic Therapy, a type of musictherapy that utilizes techniquestargeting the brain and neuralfunctions.
Jodi PicoultThis famous author penned a book titled “Sing You Home,”in which one of the central characters is a music therapist!
J.K. SimmonsSimmons played a leading role inthe 2011 film “The Music NeverStopped,” about a young man whoexperienced severe amnesia. Theonly thing that connected himsocial to those around him wasthe music of his youth.A central part of the film centerson Simmon’s character workingwith a music therapist to help hisson (in the film) reconnect with hisfamily.
Mickey HartThe former drummer for theGrateful Dead has connected withthe American Music TherapyAssociation in the past. In fact, inthe film “The Music NeverStopped,” the Grateful Dead playan important role in the plotsurrounding the main character.
Bob WoodruffThis ABC News correspondentsustained a severe brain injurywhile covering the war in Iraq in2006. Though he did not receivemusic therapy or come out insupport of the field, he reported onthe recovery of Rep. GabrielleGiffords in an ABC News special,which featured a large segment onmusic therapy and itseffectiveness.
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