LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Music is a powerful thing, and that’s why the University of Louisville Music therapy program seeks donations of musical instruments from across the Commonwealth.
What would you like to know
- The UofL music therapy program is organizing its first instrument donation campaign in the next week
- Virtually all instruments will be accepted, but guitars and amps are particularly useful
- The drive begins at noon on Friday in front of the building of the UofL music school
- Instrument drop-off or pick-up can also be arranged
If you have six extra strings or drums lying around, clean that basement and they could be used at UofL. The Music Therapy Program’s very first fundraising campaign is accepting instruments for three days during the first week of October:
- Friday October 1: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday October 2: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday October 8: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
“Our music therapy clinic is looking for donations of new or used instruments for immediate therapeutic and educational use,” said Chris Millett, UofL music therapy clinical coordinator. “We would love to give your previously loved instrument a new home and a new purpose.”
The program educates and trains board-certified music therapists who improve treatment plans in education and physical and mental health.
Millett said virtually any type of instrument will do, but “rock band” instruments and equipment such as guitars and amplifiers are especially useful.
“String, wind and brass instruments of all types are welcome, as are percussion instruments,” he said. “While smaller instruments are typically used in music therapy, larger instruments, such as drums and other musical equipment, are also encouraged. “
He added that donors shouldn’t worry if the instrument has seen better days.
“Don’t worry if your saxophone has a bump in its bell or if your tambourine is missing some of its tinkles,” Millett said. “The School of Music has trained teachers and staff who can restore virtually any instrument so that they can be fully used in the music therapy clinic.”
Donations will be accepted in the music therapy van parked in front of the UofL music school building, 105 W. Brandeis Ave, organizers said. Instrument drop-off or pickup can also be arranged outside of scheduled hours by calling 502-852-2122 or 502-509-2178 or emailing [email protected]
UofL’s music therapy program was established in 2000 and was the first of its kind in Kentucky. Music therapy can be used in a variety of areas of health and education to promote wellness, manage stress, relieve pain, express feelings, improve memory, improve communications, promote physical rehabilitation, and Moreover.