23 January 2011
by Melody Besharati
What once was a vision is now a meaningful reality. Meet our first, complete, Music to Heal Jam Station! The uniquely integrated, mobile music cart holds a guitar, bass, keyboard, digital drum set, mini amps, microphones, and a silent rehearsal mixer that allows for group jam sessions without concern of disturbing others. Considering this heavy load, the jam station is remarkably compact, making it ideal for hospital use.
The process involved in modifying the original design (see our last newsletter issue) and finding the right people to help us create a real-life prototype was tough, to say the least, but definitely worth every effort. It took countless online searches and meetings with different contractors to find both quality service and a good deal. Ultimately, we found all of that at Ken’s Handyman Express, a construction service that shared our enthusiasm and offered to help us build our first music station at the best possible price. With the expense of instruments added, a single MTH jam station costs $2,800.
The main purpose of the jam station is to provide patients with an engaging distraction from long hospital stays and treatments. Art has long been recognized for its therapeutic qualities, but successful incorporation of music therapy in hospitals is a challenging and expensive process. By bringing our mobile jam stations to the hospital scene, we hope to facilitate the expansion of creative therapy and to improve patient care and recovery. Our initiative has already gained the support of various clinics and hospitals throughout California. With donated jam stations, we can ensure that each request for our services is fulfilled without delay.
Sometime in the upcoming months, we plan to host a benefit concert to raise funds for more jam stations (details to come). In the meantime, we ask that you please help support our cause through donations. With your help, we envision the expansion of music therapy throughout Californian hospitals and beyond!