Cricketer Brett Lee Launches 'Music Therapy Academy' In Delhi
9 May 2012
A few months ago, we announced the launch of Mewsic, a partnership between VH1 and Australian cricketer Brett Lee who between them aim to help underprivileged children "achieve their full potential and overcome challenges they face through music."
As one of the central aspects of the charity foundation ‘Mewsic’, Brett Lee has recently launched a Music Therapy Academy in Delhi.
“Music is widely undervalued as a powerful tool to help people overcome trauma they may have experienced, deal with disabilities and better cope, express themselves and respond to treatment when suffering from physical and psychological ailments” - Brett Lee
The academy set up in partnership with Music Therapy Trust India will train Indian musicians to make a real difference for children affected by trauma, illness or multiple psychosocial or cognitive challenges. The trust, established in 2005, is affiliated with UK based Otakar Kraus Music. It aims to offer an international post-graduate diploma in clinical music therapy led by US based music therapist Lucanne Magill.
“Our clinical music therapy is a much personalised approach in which we assess the specific needs of the patients aimed at improving their quality of life. The five students whom we have begun to train in our maiden post-graduate programme are all talented musicians, but not full-time. One of them is a psychologist who will use the training in clinical therapy. The other is a banker who wants to be a full-time music therapist after training. They will be taught to use music for healing” - Lucanne Magill