Music Therapist, Music Peer, Music Director
Music therapist or musician to engage the young adult musicians residents at Whole Mind Symphony pilot home to play together music. The residents play acoustic guitar, keyboard, and percussion instruments. The residents have schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia. They love music and some were musicians before they were hit by the illness, but they haven't been practicing so they could be rusty. Some are learning. Some did not have access to an instrument for a long time. Some can read music, others can't. Some are composers and poets. Your role is to find tunes that will be of interest for them to play together, and for everyone to feel comfortable no matter what level they are at. Your role is to stimulate their creativity and encourage them to surpass the fear of making mistakes and enjoy the experience. Explore and play with sounds and tunes. Eventually, if is of their interest, to build a band and create a repertoire for a show. Whatever you can donate of your time, once a week, twice, or even once a month, it is welcome. These musicians would love to play daily if there is company. The illness removes self-motivation, so they need someone to gets things going with enthusiasm and love for music. Once they get going the result can be quite moving and extraordinary. It would be nice to get someone who can be the " musical director" for the group.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Whole Mind Symphony
4065 McLaughlin Ave apt 6, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90066, US
We envision that people with chronic serious mental health issues can experience a meaningful life when they are living in the safe, beautiful environment of a long-term supportive home with same age range peers with common interests and diagnosis in the schizophrenia spectrum. A true home is the solution for homelessness. Music is at the center of our program for its brain healing qualities as well as promoting bonding and socialization. Just like a symphony is created through many musical instruments, harmony in the mind requires the recognition of each person’s uniqueness. Therefore we provide a therapeutic community with a lively positive social and learning atmosphere, supported by nutritional psychiatry, innovative therapies and treatments, recreational activities, vocational training, family and community integration so each resident can feel whole again. We envision this innovative model being replicated and multiplied all over the US helping families finally feel at peace.
The founders are Moms of young men with schizophrenia who had enough seeing their sons cycling through hospitals, jails, locked facilities and unsafe board & cares. They belong to the Mother Advocates for the SMI who wrote the Failure & Solutions Report about the Mental Health System and have presented it to the LA County Board of Supervisors. They teamed up to create the change now and prove it is possible. Anna's background as a filmmaker led her into investigating all holistic treatments that help mental illness. She lectured for 2 years on how Nutrition has played a fundamental role in the recovery of her oldest son, and how cooking and gardening is a crucial stabilizing factor of his life. Cheryl has 20 years as an educator, and is the owner of a licensed home for the developmental disable. They have consulted with successful housing models such as the Lighthouse Project in Arizona, which started with one home in 2016 and today has 13 homes. In their team is also Sanjeet Sihota, a shining example of victory over schizophrenia, who is a licensed Social Worker graduate from UCLA, owner of PeerCoach which works in collaboration with the top UCLA psychiatrists on psychosocial rehabilitation. He is also a certified LEAP trainer and a member of Dr Amador's faculty, and a featured speaker for NAMI throughout California.
Pony TrailRancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
September 30, 2021
- Music Arts
- Keyboard Instrument
- Music Therapy
- String Instrument
- People 55+
- At least 1x a week, ideally 3x a week for 1-2 hours. But if you can come only 1x a month is still helpful!
- Creativity, patience, compassion, enthusiasm