ASCLA President’s Program at 2018 Annual Conference

ASCLA invites you to the ASCLA President’s Program, Using Innovative, Music-Based Outreach Programs to Reach Vulnerable Populations of All Ages on Saturday, June 23 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the Morial Convention Center, Rm 345. The panel will share how music positively affects people and enriches programs for all ages and vulnerable, underserved populations. Speakers will be Jan Maier, Cork Hardin, Nicole Brown, Carrie Banks, and Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen. See the Conference Scheduler for more details. 

Based on her unique background as a nurse in health and aging research and as a choral conductor/performer, Jan Maier will lead an active demonstration on the pervasive effects of music on our brains and bodies. She will share recent highlights on cutting edge research on music and the brain, as well as the many health benefits of musical programming. Then, a panel of professionals involved in innovative outreach work will share their musical projects and discuss steps you can use to include music in your own outreach programs.

“Mother Goose on the Loose Goslings” is a newly-developed program for parents with premature babies in NICUs. Social-media based “pop-up storytimes” in neighborhood parks bring diverse communities together uniting them through song. Visits to nursing homes can successfully incorporate musical activities with seniors. Music programs can make libraries more welcoming to people with disabilities such as the longstanding partnership with Music for Autism, through which the Brooklyn Public Library has attracted new patrons. Discover the steps taken to set-up these programs and hear about the powerful impact they have had on the vulnerable communities they serve. At the end of the session, brainstorm ways in which you can bring one of these programs (or something similar) into your community.

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