PopUP Music Therapy is a collaborative effort between Bailey Beats Music and Small Steps Music. Co-founders Joe Bailey, Jr. and Natalie Generally Kirk were compelled by concerns for their own children's futures to make an impact on today's youth. Many families in the Black community have been impacted by the haunting images, menacing stories, and dark reality of what our children face daily. It is our desire to foster dialogue, promote mental health, and encourage creative expression through music.
In response to traumatic events in the black community in recent months and the need to break the cycle of prejudice, discrimination, and racism in American society, PopUP Music therapy is offering free music therapy services to youth in metro Atlanta communities. There is a need for having difficult conversations about race, mental health, living through trauma, and growing as an individual and a society in need of healing.
PopUP Music Therapy services will be provided in the following metro Atlanta counties:
Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Henry
Who We Are
We are nationally board certified, licensed music therapists in the metro Atlanta area with a desire to reach youth in the local community who are facing unprecedented life experiences.
To provide music therapy services to youth navigating societal traumas of racism, stereotyping, discrimination, prejudice, and bias.
To bring awareness to and break the generational cycle of prejudice and discrimination in American society.
What We're Fighting For
Open dialogue in local communities about the impact of societal traumas on youth
Cultural competence in organizations, programs, and agencies that provide services for youth
Our initiatives focus on helping youth have difficult conversations through creative expression.
Phase 1- Serving youth in communities of color, particularly black youth
Phase 1 is slated to begin in July 2020.
Phase 2- Serving youth interested in working towards allyship and cultural competence
Phase One programs will include:
Guitar, Drum, and Ukulele lessons
Spoken Word Opportunities
Calisthenics to music
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
What Is Music Therapy?
The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program." Music therapy is used to address a variety of needs, including mental health, physical health, cognitive growth, and social needs. Music therapy can also provide opportunities for the following:
~ Positive changes in mood and emotional states
~ Sense of control over life through successful experiences
~ Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music
~ Anxiety and stress reduction
~ Exploring personal feelings and therapeutic issues such as self esteem or personal insight
~ Expressing oneself both verbally and non-verbally
~ Developing coping and relaxation skills
~ Supporting healthy feelings and thoughts
~ Resolving conflicts leading to stronger family and peer relationships
- American Music Therapy Association
For additional music therapy resources and support, please visit:
* American Music Therapy Association
* Bailey Beats Music
* Small Steps Music LLC
Donations will be used for:
Water for participants
Snacks for participants
Instruments (guitars, ukuleles, drums, handheld percussion, drumsticks/mallets)
Materials for bucket seats and crate seats
Venue rentals (if necessary)
Costs associated with marketing (i.e. website, print materials, etc)
Gas money for therapists
We truly thank you for supporting our initiatives and youth in the metro Atlanta area. Please look for updates, photos, and videos of our progress and the next place we will PopUP!
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