We are a community of mental health professionals, educators and musicians collaborating to develop and implement scalable, trauma-informed positive coping skill programs for K-12 students. Our programs use music to raise children’s awareness of their own resources with the intention of preventing and correcting negative coping skills that lead to self-harming, depression, anxiety, violence, early pregnancy and paternity, addiction, chronic disease and suicide.
An overwhelming scientific consensus demonstrates that toxic stress in childhood is the root cause of some of the most harmful, persistent and expensive health challenges facing our nation. A comprehensive body of research demonstrates that the earlier interventions take place, the more likely they are to be effective and the less extensive and costly they will be to treat. By meeting children where they are, at schools and community organizations, and educating them on the six pillars shown to mitigate the toxic stress physiology, we are part of the collective working to improve health outcomes and reduce the financial strain on our social systems for future generations.
Music has a unique ability to connect listeners with their innate emotional resources and is far more powerful than language, crossing all barriers of race, nationality and culture. Our programs all have a musical core and may also incorporate other mediums of art and recreational movement. Music is an ancient healer and we are dedicated to promulgating the power of music to prevent illness and bring healing.
A trauma-informed system understands trauma is universal and doesn't just happen to a select group of people. Traumatic things happen to all people and impacts all aspects of how we relate to each other and organizations. A trauma-informed approach recognizes, understands, and responds with the five guiding principles of safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment.
Mindfulness is the cultivation of awareness without judgment or striving and with acceptance and a genuine interest in experience combined with a process of linking the learning to an understanding of our perceived vulnerability.
Nonviolent communication expresses our thoughts without judgment through observations, feelings, needs, and requests for action and receives communication non-judgmentally through observations, feelings, needs, and requests for action.