All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, provides students with an opportunity to learn and play music with the Music Club on campus. Music club is entirely optional for students and no previous experience is required to sign up for it.
During music club meetings, students practice and perform songs of their choice using a variety of instruments such as percussion, bass guitar, lead/rhythm guitar, harmonica, keyboards/piano, singing, and whatever else a student might request. Elevations has a student enrolling who plays the trombone and are very excited to have him join in.
“Music club has helped me meet other kids and get to know them,” says an Elevations RTC student in music club. “Someone I wouldn’t think I could be friends with, I found out we love the same music and we can jam together. I love that!”
The members of music club have the chance to perform the songs they practice at events such as graduations, parent seminars and assemblies. Currently, students are learning to write their own songs, taking influences from different music styles.
“A large aspect of music group is to build confidence in learning music while having fun,” comments Peter Brickey, CMHC, Primary Therapist at Elevations RTC. “Performing and practicing these songs brings a therapeutic value not accomplished sitting in an office on a couch. This also provides a break from what feels like monotony of everyday life. As the facilitator of Music Club, I appreciate the opportunity to see the kids learn and love music and be able to express their emotions through this avenue.”
According to one student, “I struggled at home with anger and frustration and I didn't have an outlet. Now, I can play and write songs, it really helps me feel calm. I play the guitar and have learned to play the drums here. Also, music brings people together.”
In the fall, Dr. Massimiliano Frani, a world renowned pianist and composer, will be hosting a weekly Musical Arts class.
“The Musical Arts’ Class program is developed upon the belief that there is an inborn musicality residing in every human being that can be activated in the service of personal growth and development,” comments Dr. Frani. “This self-actualizing potential is most effectively awakened through the study of music aesthetics, choir, instrumental group and group education.”
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with both all students ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to students struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens.