Sound Minds: Musical Bonding for Teens and Their Babies Noelle Pederson, MT-BC Director of Education & Training, Resounding Joy Inc. Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT-F, MT-BC San Diego, California
Resounding Joy Inc., a non-profit organization based in San Diego, provides music therapy, recreational, and supportive music services to under-served populations. Resounding Joy’s Sound Minds is an early-intervention program which uses goal-directed music experiences to encourage and teach teen parents how to bond with their babies and increase school readiness for infants 0 to 3 years old. This program was started through an “Innovative Grant” funded by First 5 San Diego from November 2008 - January 2010 to provide music equipment and direct services twice a week for children and teens in four different schools. First 5 San Diego utilizes state tax revenues to promote the health and wellbeing of children from the prenatal stage through five years of age. It aims to assure them access to health care, growth and development screening, dental care, obesity prevention, quality childcare and early education programs as well as family support (First 5 San Diego, 2010). First 5 San Diego’s programs and services are funded through San Diego County’s share of revenues from Proposition 10, an initiative approved by California voters in 1998 that taxed cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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