Music4Health is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to building resiliency, unity and well-being.
Based in Redlands, CA, Music4Health serves K-12 schools and community organizations nationally. Johnna Jonasson and Kelli Schofield founded the organization in 2017. Johnna’s and Kelli’s shared vision of helping children gain insights early, to promote healthful habits that create a physically and mentally healthy society, bonded them in partnership to found, Music4Health.
Historically, mental health education termed as “therapy” is provided downstream when symptoms arise that interfere with an individual’s ability to meet the demands of their life, assuming they have the financial resources, professionals are available in their area, and that any negative stigma over mental health does not prevent them from seeking treatment. This is at a great cost to individuals and society. Music4Health efforts are focused on influencing individuals upstream during K-12 education and guiding them to develop, through experience, mind-body-spirit connections and skills that have been shown to impact positive health outcomes.
Music4Health programs are structured as peer-group coping skill classes to support a child’s natural resilience and are delivered over a period of weeks. Our classes all have a musical core and may also incorporate other mediums of art and recreational movement as we guide participants to explore the benefits of sleep hygiene, mindfulness, healthy nutrition, supportive relationships, physical exercise and mental health. Our classes are delivered as a trauma-informed system. A trauma-informed system understands trauma is universal and happens to all members of a society and not just a select group of people. Trauma impacts all aspects of how we relate to each other and organizations. A trauma-informed system recognizes, understands, and responds to expressions of trauma with the five guiding principles of safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness and empowerment.
Music is at the core of our programming because it has a unique ability to transcend the limits of spoken language and provides a deeper outlet for self-expression, self-discovery and understanding, crossing all barriers of race, nationality and culture.
Our peer-group classes are led by health coaches who are board certified music therapists and licensed mental health professionals engaging students in musical experiences to accomplish non-musical goals of increased awareness, focus, flexibility, self-control and planning.
Music4Health develops and implements scalable, trauma-informed K-12 coping skill programs and our long-term objective is to influence public policy to require weekly peer-group, school-based coping skill classes nationally for all K-12 students by 2030.