Featuring Brian Owens, Erin Bode, and Peter Martin
Kids Rock Cancer is a St. Louis-based music therapy program that helps kids express the emotions and challenges of dealing with illness through song.
In one or two sessions, typically lasting an hour or two (at the bedside or in a hospital playroom), a board-certified music therapist helps the child express a set of thoughts and ideas that can be written down and turned into lyrics for a song. The child and therapist work together to compose a tune for the lyrics. The child then sings into a microphone and “stars” in the song they have written, with background instrumentation provided by guitar, keyboard and computer software. When they have finished, the child receives a CD recording as a legacy piece that becomes uniquely his or her own.
The May 22nd benefit at the Sheldon will raise funds to keep kids rocking cancer.