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Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...


SECTION: Music for Mental and Physical Health COUNTRY: United States of America PROJECT: MUSIC THERAPY SERVICES FOR MENTALLY ILL ADULTS: THE BALTIC STREET MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM AT SOUTH BEACH PSYCHIATRIC CENTER DESCRIPTION: As a satellite community-based facility of South Beach Psychiatric Center, The Baltic Street Clinic serves seriously and chronically mentally ill adults in Brooklyn, New York. Starting with its music therapy program established in 1975, it has gained a reputation as the arts therapy center of Brooklyn due to its innovative programs in music, art, dance, drama, and poetry therapy. Outstanding features of its music therapy program have included: The Baltic Street Band – founded in 1991, this performing group has received numerous awards for the empowerment it has provided to the nearly sixty mentally ill musicians for whom music therapy services have been provided. The Baltic Street Recording and Technology Studio, originally opened in 2001 through a grant from the Mehta Family Foundation, has recently been renovated and updated by a grant from the Tyson Foundation for Music Therapy. The “After Hours Club” is a monthly cabaret instituted in 1993 that serves as a monthly gathering for community musicians and artists. The Club features the music of the Baltic Street Band. It has hosted an international assembly of bands and artists in the mental health world from Denmark, Holland, China, Norway and Japan. Music and Cultures – a core music therapy group that celebrates the richness of cultural musical heritage thereby promoting inter-cultural exchanges. Music Therapy Songwriting – many original songwriters have been encouraged to develop their skills through this group. Their work is then produced in the Recording Studio and played in live performances in the After Hours Club. Music Improvisation Group – improvisation lies at the core of the music therapy approach at Baltic Street with individuals who are interested in music as therapy. Individual Music Therapy –offers a means of connection in an intensive and personalized approach. CURRENT STATUS: The Baltic Street Music Recording Technology Training Program promotes technical proficiency in the operation of recording hardware and software for musicians with serious mental health problems. This program supports improvement in quality of life as well as readiness to employ technical skills in outside settings. The Baltic Street program is currently training its third class of students. Placements for graduates in music business settings are ongoing. Additionally, two student graduates will assist in the training of the incoming third generation class. Baltic Street continues to offer music therapy services in performance and other community music therapy approaches. The program is supported by the Tyson Fund for Music Therapy. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: A Quality of Life research scale was used in conjunction with participant interviews in evaluating the impact that the Digital Recording Training Program had on research participants. The data from this mixed quantitative and qualitative methodology is currently being analyzed. Plans for expanding this pilot study into a larger scaled research effort are under consideration. 100

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Selected Publications: CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: The Baltic Street Clinic, South Beach Psychiatric Center Address: 250 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: (718) 855-3131; Fax: (718) 855-4011 Contact Person: Peter Jampel, D.A., MT-BC, LCAT, Director E-Mail: 101

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