All Kinds of News for April 06, 2016
Leading residential treatment center, Elevations RTC (UT), has brought musical delight to students for two years this spring.
Spring 2016 marks the second anniversary of Elevation RTC’s music program. Weekly music classes have brought together students of all abilities to learn and perform together. Experience has ranged from students who have never touched an instrument to students who are multi-instrumentalists with a decade of experience, and every gradient in between.
Standing musical ability is not a factor considered for music group candidacy. When students feel they are ready to join the music group, they write a letter which details why they're interested in participating in the music program, how they would support and contribute socially to the group, as well as how they’ve used effective conflict resolution strategies in the past. Students are accepted into the music group if there is room in the group and if they display an investment in their treatment, are trustworthy and willing to cooperate with peers, and have put a visible effort into their letter.
“The decision of what songs to play is left up to the students, and they can bring in their iPods to play music through our PA system,” says Joseph Ballent, a member of the Outdoor Recreation Staff and Music Teacher at Elevations RTC. “This helps a lot with the process of coming to a consensus and playing along for practice purposes.”
Students get to choose their instrument based on what they are interested in and are provided rudimentary instruction to get them to a level where they can keep pace with the group. The musical instruments available include a drum kit, keyboard, electric guitar with amp, and bass guitar with amp, as well as a vocals microphone. Students may also bring their own instruments to play. The focus within the music group is to keep the energy lighthearted and fun.
The music group culminates in a performance for peers, which usually takes place in the library. Much in the style of a 'spirit animal,' each performer is given a 'spirit rocker,' usually to the applause of their peers.
“Many students have expressed to me that the music program is the highlight of their week, and it's been tremendously gratifying to see so many of them gain confidence and a new skill set through their participation,” comments Ballent.
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with both young men and women ages 13 - 17. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to young men and women struggling with issues like trauma, depression, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance abuse. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens.
For more information, please contact Laura Burt or Tamra Foy at 866-952-7930.