The Sam Houston State University chapter of the Mu Tau Omega, a national organization for music therapy, will spread awareness about what music therapy is to the community Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23.
The MTO Music Therapy Awareness Weekend will get started at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with two lectures by board certified music therapists and a coffeehouse-style performance.
Music Therapy is designed to help those that cannot communicate with people so they do so through music.
SHSU graduate and alumni of the Music Therapy Program Grant Howarth will be one of the speakers who lecture over the course of the weekend. There is a need for alternative therapies, and Howarth is already prepared for the field.
“There is this big push for alternative therapies and music therapy is a big help in that area,” Howarth said.
Howarth works in hospice care and helps people cope with the loss of their loved ones.
“When you’re in a profession like hospice care, music therapy helps make life better for patients and their families,” Howarth said.
Music Therapy is an important, needed profession in that it helps those that would otherwise have no outlet to express themselves.
This weekend will bring to light the issues that Music therapy helps cope with. Music is a powerful tool and universal language that can help people bridge gaps between insights.
“Music Therapy can help anyone with any kind of issue,” Howarth said. “But it is a big help with children with autism communicate with their families. “