Music has a way of helping people connect with each other, and also with themselves. At Kadima, a mental health services center for people dealing with persistent mental health challenges who need help living independently in the community, its Creative Expressions program has given clients the opportunity to blend music and arts with their treatment goals.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has partnered with Kadima to teach group music classes where clients learn beginner and intermediate music skills, as well as how to play along to their favorite songs. One Detroit Arts & Culture Producer Sarah Smith takes viewers behind the scenes of the center’s music therapy classes with the DSO for a look at the benefits of music therapy.
She talks with Kadima Executive Director Eric Adelman, client Michael Offen, and Shannon Orme, the bass clarinetist for the DSO, about how music and creative arts can help clients through healing, and how the program is helping to break down stigmas around mental health treatment.
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