Welcome to the MSO's HeartStrings Toolkit Resource Page. The Toolkit is a manual that will help you and your organization create a music therapy-informed community engagement program. HeartStrings provides live classical music presented by professional musicians in local healthcare settings, with participatory activities guided by the American Music Therapy Association’s Standards of Practice.
WE'RE REACHING THE COMMUNITY
Most recipients of this program are unlikely to ever attend a performance in the concert hall. HeartStrings has uniquely positioned itself to bring meaningful, high-caliber arts experiences directly to participants in comfortable and familiar locations. Partner locations can include state residential treatment facilities, retirement communities, memory care units, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and resource centers for families who have children with various disabilities, among others. Target populations are aging adults with dementia, people with developmental, intellectual and/or physical disabilities ranging from mild to severe, and those with long-term illnesses.
WITH INNOVATIVE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES
In a time when symphony orchestras are searching for new and innovative ways to engage their communities outside the concert hall, a program of this nature provides a means to reach beyond our traditional sphere of influence, focusing on community need rather than audience development. Our hope is that this toolkit will encourage you to embark on a journey that will affect peoples’ lives in ways that nothing else can. It will positively influence your organization and community for years to come.