Music Settlement’s Center for Music Therapy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary With a Free Concert


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Founded in 1912 by Almeda Adams, the Music Settlement ranks as one of the nation's oldest community schools of music. It has provided early childhood education since 1955 and music therapy since 1966. To celebrate its 50th anniversary of offering music therapy, the Music Settlement will host a free concert and a ticketed event the following evening.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, the Music Settlement will host a concert as part of its Arts for Us series, which provides "a way for people with special needs to enjoy high-quality cultural experiences with their families and caregivers in a welcoming environment." The concert, which takes place at the Glick Recital Hall at The Music Settlement's University Circle campus (11125 Magnolia Dr.),  will feature the music therapists of the TMS Center for Music Therapy performing as a group and as soloists. The concert is open to the public.

Then, on Monday, Nov. 7, the Music Settlement will offer tours of the music therapy studios at the Music Settlement's University Circle campus. There will also be a special recognition honoring of the first Director of Music Therapy, a keynote address and performances by clients of the Center for Music Therapy. Tickets are available online.

"We've trained interns and supervised students, helping to prepare subsequent generations of music therapists,” says Ronna Kaplan, the second leader ever of the TMS Center for Music Therapy, in a press release. “We have contributed to the body of literature regarding music therapy both in MT journals and journals or organizations of related professions; plus, we've been a model for other like institutions."

The evening's honoree will be Anita Louise Steele Markland, MM, MT-BC, the first director of music therapy at The Music Settlement.

"Louise was a leader in our profession and her work was groundbreaking," Kaplan says. "It will be a distinct pleasure and privilege to honor her for her contribution to music therapy at large as well as her leadership at The Music Settlement."

Michael Silverman, Ph.D, MT-BC, the Director of Music Therapy at the University of Minnesota, will provide the keynote address. The evening will also feature musical performances by clients of the Center for Music Therapy, some of whom have been achieving therapeutic goals for decades through music therapy at TMS.

"Just because someone has a disability does not necessarily mean that they have a disability in music," Kaplan says. "For example, the percentage of individuals with diagnoses on the autism spectrum who have perfect pitch is higher than in the general population."

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