Monica Metzler, Music Workshops for Teenagers with Chronic and Terminal Illness
Monica Metzler is a musician and teacher in Portland, Oregon who worked as a Specialist in Children’s hospitals using therapeutic music with patients. She works with My Voice Music to develop free workshops for teenagers living with chronic and terminal illnesses and who are facing depression, isolation, and low self-esteem. “Music is a positive therapeutic tool that teaches youth how to release emotions in a healthy, productive way. Having access to a program that involves mentoring, self-reflection, songwriting, and a supportive community helps build confidence and coping mechanisms.” says Monica.
Using both traditional and non-traditional instruments and methods, these workshops focus on music as an exploratory process of discovery and self-actualization. These workshops include weekly journaling, percussion jams, instrument instruction, songwriting techniques, sessions with guest musicians, and opportunities to perform and record original music. At the end of the workshop, students will showcase their original compositions in a performance open to the community. By recording the students’ songs in a professional studio, they will be distributed and available to the public through My Voice Music’s website and CD’s. Any teenager in the 9th-12th grade with a documented chronic, terminal, or mental illness will be eligible for this free music program.
The funds from The Pollination Project will be used for purchasing instruments and promotion for the project. To learn more about the Songwriting Workshop for Teens with Chronic & Terminal Illnesses, check out the My Voice website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
GRANT AWARD DATE: FEBRUARY 8, 2014