Local music therapist, Emily Ross, will be on the news!

At 11am on Wednesday, February 1st, KGW Channel 8 News is featuring music therapist, Emily Ross. She will be announcing a Sensory Friendly Concert at Marylhurst University on February 4th at 3pm. To demonstrate how amazing music is for kids on the spectrum, Emily will show Portland Music Therapy in action. Thank you to the parents who let us share footage and photos for this project!

We are excited to announce that we’re launching our crowdfunding campaign to finally record and produce Songs for Kids on the Spectrum. Kate and I teamed up with Jo Alexis Bronstein Mishaga, the mother of a boy on the spectrum, to create songs designed to support kids with autism and their families. For those of you familiar with our work, this means that you’ll finally have a decent recording of songs like Music Makes Me Happy, Feelings, Balloons, Bubbles and Thank you for Music. Click here to learn more about the project and stay tuned for your chance to reserve a copy while supporting the campaign on February 14th.

Congratulations to the fantastic performers at the annual Cancer Research Benefit Concert with Michael Allen Harrison. Jordan, Kyle and Ray provided fantastic performances and had the chance to meet Michael after the show.

Here are some upcoming events for your calendar:
Sunday, February 5, 10:30am: Winter Recital at Classic Pianos
Saturday, February 11, 11:10am & 12:10pm: Bi-monthly music therapy group
Saturday, February 11, 1:10pm: Free music therapy group for new families
Tuesday, February 14, 9am: Songs for Kids on the Spectrum Crowdfunding Campaign begins
Saturday, February 25, 11:10am & 12:10pm: Bi-monthly music therapy group

Finally, thank you to everyone who provided love and support while we said goodbye to Ben Rougeou. Ben moved to Portland from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to study music therapy at Marylhurst. Although he didn’t complete the program, he loved working with kids and was an incredible musician. He played the bass in Stoneface Honey for a couple years while playing with many bands including Ma Fondue and running his own band, Radio Gumbo. He passed away on Saturday, January 21st, while surrounded by his family and friends at Providence Cancer Center in Portland. Many, many awesome musicians showed up on Monday night to perform and celebrate his life in Southeast Portland. He will be missed.